Last Sunday, a webcam in Roxborough State Park captured footage of a black bear cub. But not just any footage — this adorable video clip, courtesy of park ranger Tiffany McCauley and shared by Colorado Parks and Wildlife on Twitter, shows the baby bear cooling off with a brief swim on a hot summer day.
And it is relentlessly cute.
We interrupt your Wednesday morning for this very important trail cam footage of a bear cub cooling off.
— Colorado Parks and Wildlife (@COParksWildlife) July 21, 2021
Turns out, this park ranger knows this bear cub pretty well — though don’t ask for its name, as park rangers avoid giving bears human names to avoid “humanizing” them, she said.
“I have been monitoring these bears since they emerged from hibernation in April,” McCauley said. “I have been blessed by finding many locations they visit regularly, the two water holes and their favorite scratching pole. Due to our special regulations, like no off-trail, dogs or bikes, our bear population thrives here and stays year-round.”
McCauley’s Twitter is filled with similar videos from trail cams — mating mountain lions, bear cubs climbing trees, even a ringtail posing for the camera.
“I monitor the wildlife with game cameras so I do not disturb the animals, that’s the best way to get their natural behavior,” she said.
Brown cub showing off her climbing skills on a big tree🌲
— Ranger Tiffany (@RangerTMcCauley) July 17, 2021
Summer in Colorado is bear season and, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife, bears typically forage up to 20 hours a day.
To avoid problems with bears, CPW suggests using bear-proof containers to dispose of trash, keep your campsite clean, don’t store trash or food in tents and lock your vehicles. And if you’re hiking at Roxborough, try not to disturb the bears — of which there are many.
“Roxborough has become a nursery, a place bears feel safe,” McCauley said. “While the bears are young, they will stay close to mom, though I have already seen them getting comfortable straying farther from her. I am hoping to monitor them into the fall and hopefully we will see them again when (they) emerge in the spring.”
When hiking or enjoying the outdoors, carry bear spray and avoid wearing headphones. To be extra cautious, avoid trails where berry patches, oak brush and natural food sources are prevalent.
CPW also encourages visitors to report any issues with bears as soon as possible to prevent anyone — including a bear — from getting hurt. For more information on what to do if you encounter a bear, visit cpw.state.co.
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