Near the end of this month and on into early June, Boo Boo and the 10 ither cubs that have over-wintered at Snowdon will be released back to the wild. A press release will officially announce Boo Boo's release.
January - May 2013
Along with 10 other black bear cubs, Boo Boo has adjusted well to life at Snowdon in a 2-acre natural habitat and was able to put on some much-needed weight in the fall. Although he will not go into a deep hibernation like an adult bear would, now that temperatures are low and snow is on the ground, Boo Boo has slowed down.
Usually, cubs at this age are still with their mothers and spend the winter in a den they have dug. We’ve built some shelters out of natural vegetation in the cub enclosure at Snowdon. Boo Boo spends a few days at a time sleeping in one of these man-made dens with another cub. Then he wakes up to chow down on dog food at the food hopper, as well as on fruits and vegetables that supplement his diet. Trail cameras record Boo Boos activity.
Above - Boo Boo (on the right) and his friend pulled out a lot of food from the hopper one day, making a big clean-up job for the Intern!
Boo Boo and one other cub began to spend time together - playing and climbing trees.
One of the methods used to monitor the cubs' behaviors is with trail cams. In this way we are able to see them during their night-time activities.