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Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Burnt Trees near Skihist Provincial Park
Saturday, September 11, 2021
A Black Bear Finds a Wasp Nest
The discovery of the underground wasp nest really began in the morning when I was pruning some bushes and didn't realize there was a wasp colony very close to me. I got stung on my arm by one of the angry wasps, and that put an end to my pruning for the day. It wasn't the end of the story though.
In the late afternoon, a sow with her cub wandered through the property and also found the nest. For her, this was a food source. The two bears thrashed around in the bushes digging a hole to get at whatever eggs and larvae* were there. The sow finally emerged shaking her head several times to rid herself of all the wasps that were attacking her before walking away. What a sight!
*Bears will also eat bees and wasps.