On February 21, three students from Mr. Gray’s science class at Waldon Middle School got a chance to tag along with the DNR on a bear den check.
The students wrote essays about bear management and were chose to participate in the DNR’s Surrogate Sow program.
The program tracks mother bears with cubs so that the DNR might have a sow to place orphaned cubs with. The students traveled to northern Michigan and snowshoed back into the woods to get a close-up view of what the DNR biologists do with the collared bears.
The cubs, only a few weeks old, need to be tended to while the biologists work on the mother. The students tucked the cubs in their coats to keep them warm.