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.
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Male and Female American Black Bear

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

Martyn Stewart

SD 722
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.

American Black Bear Interaction

Imagine walking through the woods looking for owls and you hear crashing of branches in front of you? Well, this was the case here. It is the time for family separation and here we have (I think) 3 bears. 2 of the bears climbed a pine tree while a larger (older bear) chased after them. The 2 young bears stayed in the tree for over 5 hours with various panting sounds and snorting. In this soundscape you can also hear the Jaw Pops the bears make when they are nervous. Roo and I watched these bears until we could no longer keep our eyes open. Eventually, the larger bear walked off leaving the 2 younger bears to ponder when it was safe to leave.

Black Bear Interaction

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