Courtship displays of the American Black Bear

Not often can you observe animal behaviors from your own backyard but here we have two black bears out on a date.
The light was a little difficult to film in and Roo did exceptionally well considering she doesn’t know a lot about the camera yet. The sounds are authentic, I have left a system out in the woods to monitor audio. Lots of rain through the night made it difficult to get away from the pounding and popping of rain water hitting the windscreen but I think the sounds give a good representation of what is happening here.
You can hear the tongue clicking from the male as he tries to mount her and the constant moaning of the young female as she tries to resist. I think the mother has just flung her other yearlings away within the last month as there are two other younger bears that visit.
To get an idea of the behaviors of American Black Bears, take a look at the excellent www.bear.org website for extensive information

Male and Female American Black Bear

Filmed with the Sony HXR-NX5 camera
Camera person:
Rooy Stewart

Sounds:
Martyn Stewart

Recorder:
SD 722
Microphones:
MKH-40/30 MS

Be sure to view in HD 720
Some of the focusing was wrong in these clips but the imagery is fine.

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