Bear with Us: PA Black Bear den’s webcam uploaded

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The Pennsylvania Game Commission this week launched a live webcam on a bear den on a porch in Monroe County.

It is the same den where the commission installed a webcam two years ago. The adult bear currently hibernating there may be the same, the commission said in a statement.

Female black bears typically breed and have cubs every two years. The commission believes there is at least one bear cub in the den.

Typically, cubs are born in mid-January and emerge from their dens during the first week of April, according to the commission. During hibernation, bears are alert and active, but do not leave the den, eat or drink.

“Bear dens are often well hidden, and even if you knew the location of one of them, you wouldn’t want to put your head in there to see what’s going on,” said Travis Lau, spokesperson. of the commission.

“But with the livestream, you can see all the activity, day and night,” he said.

The commission has planned four wildlife webcams in the spring, including live coverage of the bear den, two bald eagle nests and migrating snow geese.

“We weren’t sure if the opportunity would present itself again for the Bear Den Live Cam,” said HDonTap co-founder and CEO Tim Sears. The company headquartered in Del Mar, Calif., Is working with the commission to provide the camera and live streaming.

“Watching the female and her calf was such a joy in 2019, it quickly became one of our staff’s favorite cameras to watch,” he said.

All Game Commission livestreams are accessible through the agency’s website.

The live broadcasts are the result of a collaboration between the Game Commission, HDOnTap and Comcast Business.

Mary Ann Thomas is a writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Mary at 724-226-4691, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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