Game biologists say the adult female has ear tags that indicate she previously was handled by Game Commission staff. While video from the den has not clearly shown the numbers on those tags, as the days pass, and especially as the bears move more, the tag numbers seem certain to provide some details about the bear’s past.
Game officials don’t know how many cubs are present in the den because they’re nestled so closely to their mother. With time, however, the answer will become obvious. Pennsylvania’s black bears usually are born in January and begin walking in about eight weeks. They leave the den when three months old.
The black-bear den livestream can be accessed through “Quick Clicks” on the homepage of the Game Commission’s website. The snow-goose migration livestream, which provides a 24-hour-a-day look at waterfowl off Willow Point at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, launched Feb. 26 and can be accessed from the Snow Goose Migration Update page accessed through Quick Clicks.
For viewers, the livestreams provide round-the-clock, behind-the-scenes looks at wildlife, said Game Commission Bureau of Information and Education Director Steve Smith.
“These livestreams provide an incredible educational opportunity, allowing us to witness wildlife intimately in a manner that’s simply not possible in the wild with our own two eyes,” Smith said. “That’s one of the reasons they’ve proven so popular, and we’re proud to offer these two for viewers to enjoy in the coming months.”