Beat the heat in Bent Tree

There will be a lot of guests in Bent Tree this week, including the kids participating in Youth Week activities. During the heat wave, take tips from the animals on staying cool:

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  1. Find a shady tree

    June 30, 2012 - Whew! It's hot!

  2. Drink plenty of water

    June 30, 2012 - a refreshing cool drink

  3. Go swimming at Bent Tree’s beach

    June 27, 2012 - There is a little bit of irony to be found in this picture.

  4. Go wading in Lake Tamarack

    July 1, 2012 - Lake Tamarack

  5. Look for tadpoles at the spillway

    July 1, 2012 - spillway at Lake Tamarack

  6. If all else fails, stay indoors where it’s cool!

    July 1, 2012 - too hot to go outside

Update on the twin fawns

A previous post was about twin fawns born June 26th in Bent Tree (click here to read the post and see pictures of the newborns). The mother and fawns stayed put for over five hours that day. By evening, they were nowhere to be seen. But, they all came back on Wednesday…so the fawns survived the first 24 hours (see pictures below). Bent Tree is home to bears and coyotes, which are known predators of whitetail deer (especially young fawns). That’s nature. In fact, a bear came around while the newborns were still here, but something startled the bear and it ran into the woods across the street. Both fawns were seen the next morning. I haven’t seen the fawns since, but their mother has come by every day. Maybe she’s found a nice cool place in the woods for her fawns to hide and escape the heat. Mother deer leave their fawns for hours at a time (hiding them in separate places if she has multiples). Newborn fawns have no scent. This makes it harder for predators to find them.

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Over a quarter-century ago…

  • “Usually when bears are seen in Bent Tree, they are seeking food and periodically get into homes…”
  • “To me, one of the joys of Bent Tree is knowing we can co-exist with the wide variety of animals which were here long before we came…”
  • “If you should see one, consider it a unique experience.”

The above quotes were from a Bent Tree newsletter article, “Bears at Bent Tree”, written in 1986.  The author was the first chairman of the Lake & Wildlife Standing Committee.

Click on the following links to see previous posts with bear pictures:

Doing his part to Keep Bent Tree Beautiful

This bear is cleaning up downfall, one tree at a time, by tearing into a fallen tree and eating the bugs, grubs etc. He does a good job of shredding the wood, helping it to decompose faster, adding nutrients back to the soil.

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June 17, 2012 - Bear finding food in a fallen tree



No stone left unturned

A big bear went by on Saturday, flipping rocks while looking for food.  Here are some pictures.  He kept moving pretty fast so some of the pictures are a little blurry.  He would sniff a rock, flip it, eat whatever, and move on to the next rock.  The last five photos show some of the rocks flipped by the bear.  Click on thumbnails for larger image.

Please bear with us…

A mother bear and her three cubs were hanging around the 6th hole on the Bent Tree golf course yesterday morning.  Two of the cubs scampered in front of the men’s tee box, then climbed a tree at the left edge.  The mother and a third cub were walking down Duffer Drive (just left of the 6th tee).  Look closely at the photo of the mother bear and you will see a cub beside her, looking right at the camera.  Click thumbnails for larger images.