November 24, 2017
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Black bear den webcam records nearly 200,000 hits

The Associated Press
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Randy Cross | DIF&W | BDN
Randy Cross | DIF&W | BDN
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has been visiting bear dens, as evidenced by photos of past research work, since the 1970s. This year a partnership with the Wildlife Research Foundation has resulted in video link to a bear den in northern Maine, with real-time video available on the Internet.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The Wildlife Research Foundation says a webcam that has been watching a Maine black bear and her cubs has recorded nearly 200,000 hits since it went online Jan. 24.

The privately funded group says 194,719 visitors have watched mama bear Lugnut and her cubs, viewed its videos and read about Maine’s wildlife research programs.

The state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Wildlife Research Foundation are streaming video 24/7 on the foundation’s website at www.wildliferesearchfoundation.org.

The camera was placed in the den of Lugnut, who gave birth to two cubs on Jan. 16. The camera in the den will remain with Lugnut and her growing cubs until the spring. Two other radio-collared bears, Spunky and Nell, have also been filmed and their stories are told on the website.


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