It was a hollow tree, and a slim fit - even for the slim and fit, such as the Codge:
Codger in a tree
But, since we'd talked seriously about setting a cam on our first visit, it didn't take much of a nudge from the class on our 2nd stop by to get me to give a homebrew a try.
So, we spiked it up in the cavity, pointing down, to see what might come a calling:
July 20th - camera set in the hollow tree
And, come to find out, that slim fit might have saved the cam some abuse.
It took almost a month for the first bear to stick a head in. More than enough time for some
serious spider webs to build up.
August 16th at 7:40pm - a redhead with blond highlights peeks in
And sees the cam
And tries to get at it, taking a face full of spider webs
If cameras had emotions, this one would be wetting itself
A close call.
Two days later, "black" bear #2 arrives. At first I thought it was the same bear, but now I'm not so sure. These locks look more Ann Margret than Raquel Welch...
August 18th at 4:00pm - another bear peeks in
Checks out the scene...
And paws around
Also unable to reach the camera, this mom calls in right-sized reinforcements...
The 3rd bear - just right
Little goldie checking out the cam - note mom's flank outside
Climbing up... ?
"Hey - what's that down there?"
"Hey - what's mom doing?"
...onto the outside of the tree
And that's the last we saw of the goldilocked bears.
August 20th at 4:40pm - the cam trapping crew arrives
Really glad we didn't pick up that camera 4 days earlier.