"Back off! .... Back off."
It wasn't supposed to happen this way.
"It's me bear... It's okay"
Bear researcher Lynn Rogers calmly reassures Lily the black bear when she was awakened from her winter hibernation near Ely by a group of visitors.
(nats) Rogers had been in the midst of placing the live web camera near the three year old's den but was interrupted when the bruin woke up and started to walk towards the group.
"I think we better get out of here."
The whole project was threatened when Lilly was disturbed ... but Lynn's familiarity with the bear saved the day.
"She stopped about 10 feet away when she heard both me and Sue saying it's me bear it's okay, she seemed to recognize that, she even seemed to look back at us. She started to turn back and that's what gave me courage that she could come back to the den."
Lily did come back and hasn't seemed to mind the camera since.
Word has spread that the bear cam is on-line and the volume of world wide interest has been phenomenal. Researchers and on-line viewers are
hoping to see Lily in her natural habitat and many hope to see her give birth around the end of January.
By midday Sunday Lily's live cam was the number one most searched topic in the world.
"If they visited bear dot org they could go away from that website knowing more about bears than most biologists in the world."
We will continue to follow the ongoing story of Lily's growing family. In the coming weeks we will offer updates from the cozy bear den near Ely.
The camera is up and running at