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Bear Cub on the roof. Photo by Paul and Barbara Ellwood.
Bear Cub on the roof
The bear cub climbed onto the roof of the tack shed. This building is often visible in views of the Bondurant webcam. Photo by Barbara and Paul Ellwood.

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Thereís a bear cub on the roof!
At the Dell Fork Ranch, home of the Bondurant webcam
by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online!
November 23, 2008

On Saturday, Paul and Barbara Ellwood looked out the window of their home in Bondurant to see a small bear cub in their yard. It climbed up their tack shed and enjoyed sunning itself on the metal roof. The mother bear was nowhere to be seen, but the cub didnít appear at all distressed. Finally, it climbed down and explored around the ranch a little longer. Then ran off across a pasture and disappeared behind a haystack.

Photos by Paul and Barbara Ellwood - Dell Fork Ranch, and Clint Gilchrist and Dawn Ballou of Pinedale Online!



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  • Bondurant Webcam - Run by Paul and Barbara Ellwood at the Dell Fork Ranch
  • Winter Ranching in Bondurant - By Barbara and Paul Ellwood, Pinedale Online, Jan. 6, 2006

  • Bear Cub. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Bear Cub
    This cub seems really small for this time of year, but well fed. It was troubling that there was no mama anywhere to be seen. But the cub didn't seem very concerned about being alone. He was calm and very relaxed and didn't seem to mind people watching him and paid little attention to the agitated horses running back and forth around the corrals.

    Sunning himself. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Sunning himself

    Cattle in the background. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Cattle in the background
    Cattle graze unconcerned on the hill in the distance.

    Resting. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Resting


    Off the roof. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Off the roof
    After sunning for awhile on the roof, the cub climbed down.

    Along the fence. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Along the fence
    From the roof, along the fence, and over to the ladder...

    Down the Ladder. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Down the Ladder
    The cub climbed down the ladder to the ground.

    Acrobatics. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Acrobatics
    The cub climbed along the fence rails, sometimes draping himself over the fence rails like a rag doll.

    On the fence post. Photo by Paul and Barbara Ellwood.
    On the fence post
    Photo by Barbara and Paul Ellwood.

    Have to come back and look. Photo by Paul and Barbara Ellwood.
    Have to come back and look
    Even though the smell of the bear cub spooked the horses, they had to come back to get a closer look at it. Photo by Barbara and Paul Ellwood.

    Sitting on the grass. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Sitting on the grass
    After climbing off the roof of the tack shed, the cub sunned itself on a sunny spot next to the building.

    Watching the cub. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
    Watching the cub
    The horses sniff the air and try to get a better look at the cub.

    Spooked Horses. Photo by Paul and Barbara Ellwood.
    Spooked Horses
    The horses ran away, but kept coming back to get another look. Photo by Barbara and Paul Ellwood.

    Balancing Act. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Balancing Act
    US 191 is not too far off to the left in this photo. Hoback Canyon, headed to Jackson Hole, is behind the green trees in the distance.

    Checking out the grain bucket. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Checking out the grain bucket
    The cub climbed into the horse corral and checked out the horses' grain bucket.

    Climbing the fence. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Climbing the fence
    After tiring of the bucket, the cub climbed back onto the fence.

    Resting on the fence. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Resting on the fence
    The cub takes a rest on the top fence rail.

    Horse audience. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Horse audience
    The mule was the bravest to come up to the fence and watch. The horses kept more of a distance. The snow-capped Gros Ventre mountains are in the distance.

    Wandering around. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Wandering around
    The cub left the tack shed and corral area and wandered around the other buildings. Still no sign of the mother anywhere, yet the cub seemed unconcerned. The Gros Ventre mountains and wilderness area are in the distance.

    Exploring. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Exploring
    The cub explored around the buildings.

    Climbing the wall. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Climbing the wall
    The cub decided to try and climb the wall along the back side of one of the buildings.

    Nowhere to go. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Nowhere to go
    The cub couldn't find any way to go any further up the side of the building, so climbed back down.

    Wandering around. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Wandering around
    The cub wandered around the ranch.

    More exploring. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    More exploring

    Checking out the garbage cans. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Checking out the garbage cans
    Next the cub checked out the garbage can enclosure, but he couldn't find a way to get in.

    Where to go next?. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Where to go next?
    The cub looked off across the pasture as if trying to decide where to go next, and decided to run across the pasture over to the hay stack yard. Bondurant is off in the distance in this photo. The mountains in the background are the Wyoming Range.

    Over to the haystack. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Over to the haystack
    The cub ran off across the pasture over to the huge haystack. US 191 is between the haystack and the home on the hill. Bondurant and Pinedale are to the left, Hoback Canyon and Jackson Hole to the right. The mountain in the background is part of the Wyoming Range.

    Around the haystack. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Around the haystack
    The cub walked around the giant haystack, disappearing from view around the left side. This haystack is where Lennie Campbell gets the hay to feed the livestock, which is the winter scene often seen in the Bondurant webcam. the loose hay is still stacked using horses and winter feeding of the livestock on the ranch is done with horses pulling a hay wagon.

    Tiny cub - huge haystack. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Tiny cub - huge haystack
    The bear cub is dwarfed by the huge haystack. All in all, the cub spent about an hour up on the roof and wandering around the ranch, before going off to explore around the haystack and disappearing. He didn't make a sound the entire time and there was no sign of the mother.

    Dell Fork Ranch. Photo by Dawn Ballou, Pinedale Online.
    Dell Fork Ranch
    View of the Dell Fork Ranch. The big haystack is off to the right. The ranch is owned by Paul and Barbara Ellwood. The Bondurant webcam is on the right side of the second building from the left.
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