Female Black Bear and Yearling Cubs, Cades Cove, TN Great Smoky Mountain National Park

This female Black Bear (Ursus Americanus) and her three, yearling cubs will soon part ways.  Female Black bears run off yearlings when they come into estrus and are ready to mate again.  Yearlings have learned what they need to know over the last year and a half from their mothers and are ready to be on their own. 

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