Big Cypress Swamp - Black Bears of the Swamp
Over the years, there has always been Black Bears in
the Big Cypress Swamp, Even in the early Six Pack days, there were bears
visiting our camp. Once every two or three years a bear would come by,
his presence being know by used bear food left in the yard for us to
As you might imagine, food still is a motivator for the visits. Food
is now provided by a feeder hanging about 50 yards from the buildings.
Shared by all animals of the swamp, the feeder gets visits from Deer,
Raccoons, Possums, Turkeys, Fox Squirrels, Grey Squirrels Dove,
all kinds of song birds and BEARS.
The video on the left is a momma black bear and her
three cubs. In November of 2013, I walked over to visit a nearby camp.
Walking up a trail cut through palmettos and pine trees, as I neared the
camp, I could hear noises coming from the yard outside the camp. I could
not see what was making the noise, but I was convinced it was the camp
owner. It sounded to me like someone was working with something metal. Metalic scratches and light banging is what I heard, so to let someone
know I was approaching, I called out "Hello". Not getting an answer and
thinking they may not have heard me, I kept walking up the trail, and
through the palmettos, I could partcially see a head, with what I
thought was a hat on. So, I called out again, "Hello" and still did not
get an answer. Now I was almost to the camp yard and thinking I should
not leave the impression I was sneaking in on someone, I stepped out in
the edge of the camp yard, making myself completely visible.
Most of the bear videos are at night. Bears tend to wander the swamp at
night looking for food, avoiding the heat of the day. The video to the
right is of the momma bear and the three cubs, visiting the feeder,
earlry this year. You may notice that one of the bears, the last one in
both videos is significantly smaller than the other two cubs, the runt
of the litter. The cubs look to be in there second year with the momma
bear and are soon to be sent off on their own. In fact pictures from the
feeder last month shows one of the clubs (the one with a black patch on
its back) visiting alone at the feeder
and may well be on its own now.
(The flashing you see in the Video, is a second still camera taking pictures of the bears. If you click full screen on the lower right side of the video, it will be easier to see the bears)
There are more videos on YouTube at the following link:
|Bears from 2012 to 2014||story by Steve June, 2014|