One Bear Thing: What We Can Learn From NH’s Most Famous “Mom”

NH’s most famous bear, known as Mink     Photo: Bryan Marquard, Boston Globe

A writer for the Boston Globe, Bryan Marquard,  took this amazing photo after coming between a female black bear and her cubs recently.  She had just emerged from hibernation with a luxurious coat looking healthy. Mink is famous in New Hampshire because two years ago she was getting too close to local residents’ homes, so the state relocated her (wearing a tracking collar) to near the Canadian border. Over the course of the next year, she traveled the length of the state, determined to get back to her “home” near Hanover. But the dangerous trek left her run down and thin.  Now back in good health, her survival – and the survival of the humans she encounters — depends on the social distancing behaviors that we humans must learn.  And seeing Mink so healthy is a reminder that we too can come back from a harrowing experience stronger than ever.  Read the whole story here — it’s “beary” worth your time!

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