Being a black bear can be tough. When I took on the task of being a mother bear to a black bear cub named lil Casey, I did not know what I was getting myself into. A black bear learns most of its wild skills from its mother. So I wanted to give my bear skills a shot with lil Casey.  I now have a greater respect for these awesome creatures.  Let me give you the top 10 highlights of the year.

10.  Holding a small black bear cub while bottle feeding it results in needle sharp claws digging into your arms, causing pain and bleeding.

9.  Black bears are great tree climbers. I am not; resulting in me falling from several trees.

8. Black bears are great swimmers. I am not, especially in 50 degree water; resulting in near hypothermia.

7. Black bears like to roll over heavy logs and rocks to find food. So such lessons often resulted in the crushing of my feet.

6.  Young black bears like to play rough. Therefore, almost every time we would hang out, I would get at least one bruise.

5. Black bears LOVE berries, and can eat LOTS of them. Well, let’s just say when I eat too many berries, they just don’ agree with me!! TMI?!?

4. Black bear cubs eat a lot to grow big. So it is a constant job just to find enough food for them. That means long days and a lot of walking around looking. Very tiring.

3.  Black bears love to eat ants, and ants bite back! Ouch! Result: a swollen tongue.

2.  Black bears love honey. Honey comes from bees. Bees sting. Again, ouch!! I do not have thick fur to protect me.

1.  Black bear cubs are curious and also need protection.  Lil Casey decided to try to make friends with a rattlesnake!!  I had to protect him, and almost got bitten in the process!!

So in summary, it is very clear that black bears are amazingly tough animals.  I thought I was tough, until I tried to be a black bear momma.  We should all have a lot of respect for these awesome creatures.

Tune in to America the Wild: Black Bear Invasion tonight at 9P et/pt to get the full story on Casey’s newest protégé, Casey-Junior, a six-week old ambassador Black Bear cub who will learn to walk, swim, climb, and forage, all for the first time under Casey’s careful tutelage; but what starts out small doesn’t stay that way as Casey embarks on an all-out quest to find Black Bears in the wildest country east of the Mississippi: Maine’s “Big Woods.” In this vibrant ecosystem, ancient rugged mountains, fertile bogs, rich moose habitat, and truly majestic wilderness hiking converge to form an unforgettable backdrop to Casey’s quest to find and film Black Bears. And with one of the densest concentrations of black bears anywhere in the lower forty-eight states, action is sure to follow.  In Maine, Casey discovers a wildness that rivals even his own Yellowstone; who knew that the East Coast could hide so much wild country? Meanwhile, Casey-Junior is growing – and he is tackling a series of increasingly difficult “wild” challenges: from raiding a beehive to foraging for berries.  Before long, he’ll have truly grown into a healthy young Black Bear . . . and going forward, the sky’s the limit!

Comments

  1. tcspec
    Washington Court House Ohio
    April 2, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Dear Casey,
    When feeding ANY MAMMAL by bottle. Please hold up the bottle so that the nipple end is FULL OF MILK/FORMULA. If you don’t the mammal (yes babies too) will have gas because of ingesting air along with the milk/formula.

  2. Megan
    New Jersey
    April 3, 2012, 12:51 pm

    Really enjoying this show, and the black bear episode is one of my favorites so far (along with teaching Brutus to catch fish!). Hope this one stays around for a long time. Keep it up!

  3. Bill Crose
    New Boston, IL
    April 3, 2012, 1:37 pm

    Are there any videos of Casey’s adventures, particularly relating to bears, that are available for purchase?

  4. Laura
    mass
    April 8, 2012, 11:44 pm

    Just wanted to tell you we love your shows,my seven year old daughter and my self enjoy watching everyshow you do.Wanted to ask a few questions about brutis,do you trust him around kids? and would you let him near yours if you have them.And when we see him in family photos eating dinner with you guys are you afraid he may hurt someone.I have other questions she would love to ask ,but another time.keep having a blast at what you do ,it has to be the best job ever.

  5. Wanda
    usa
    May 15, 2012, 11:32 pm

    Tcspec is right, along with keeping the nipple full of milk, so they dont get air bubbles,it’s been found some mammals need to be burped. As fast as he eats, he should be burped….

  6. Douglas
    maine
    August 16, 2012, 4:54 pm

    I really enjoyed this show, hence im from maine! lol i think what you did here with this cub was a wonderful idea! i enjoy watching your shows i have them set to record on my dvr…any who i have a trick to catching bull frogs with a string and a red ribbon it works wicked good!…anyways keep up the good work bub!

  7. Demi
    Alberta
    March 23, 2013, 6:55 pm

    Hey Casey, I love your show, and I think is is cool you are Canadian, but hey, when are you going to shoot some Canadian footage, we have bears!

  8. Melinda schultz
    United States
    November 23, 2013, 8:27 pm

    Very touching to watch you with Casey. Having bottle raised many orphaned animals and released them, it made me ache missing that sweet bottle time. I think he will make a wonderful ambassador. Thanks for the great show!