By: Jennifer Bateman | Saturday, February 27, 2016
These three black bears were viewed at Itasca State Park in June 2011. Our guests happened upon them while biking on the bike trails. What a treat for them to be able to watch them for awhile and take some pictures.
(photo credit for this blog post goes to Teri Button)
Wildlife viewing is something that our guests do while staying at our family resort just north of Park Rapids, MN. Some pursue it, with the intent of photographing animals they don't see at home, but everyone experiences it daily just by being here!
Bird watching is common, with sightings of the common loon and bald eagle happening daily. But occasionally there are rare sightings of some less visible animals. Red fox and coyote are two that come to mind right away. Those sightings are always very exciting. But what really excites people is when they see a black bear. I can count on two hands the number of black bear I've seen in the wild, and I've lived in northern Minnesota for 43 years.
Today's headline in the Park Rapids Enterprise, our local paper, reads "Bear Den Opens Up 'Lifetime Opportunity', going on to say that an active black bear den with two cubs was discovered on land just across the lake from our resort. That's just down right cool! You can read the full article, with pictures of the cubs and mother here.
When guests ask me "Is there any chance we'll see a bear while we are here?" (and I get that question a lot), I'm going to say "YES!" And you can bet that I'll be watching for them, too!
June 2011 - Same guests, same encounter. Too close for comfort? Apparently not!
Seriously. Could those cubs be any cuter?!
I like to post wildlife pictures on Facebook when I see animals and birds of interest, so visit there frequently.
Until next time ~~ Jennifer
Because of our location north of Park Rapids and just south of Itasca State Park, wildlife viewing is abundant. Consider vacationing the last two weeks in May or the first two weeks of June, which is when wildlife is most active.