Outdoor Wildlife Cam Captures a Veritable Bear Hoedown

Glenn Naylor is a Park Ranger and photography enthusiast who lives and works in Alberta, CA. As a founding member of Bow Valley WildSmart, you can probably guess that he loves nature. And recently, his twin passions were able to come together to capture something pretty awesome.

It’s not uncommon for Naylor to set up outdoor cameras in the Alberta Parks he works at, picking his spots based on where he knows he’s most likely to catch glimpses of the local wildlife. But his most recent video caught a little bit more than that.

Compiled into a video called “What goes on when you are not there!” the camera wound up snapping an impromptu time-lapse when a group of bears showed up and decided to have something of a party at the local scratching tree. You really have to see it for yourself — the camera captures photo after photo of the bears frolicking in front of, on and around the tree.


For his part, Naylor doesn’t want the photos to give people the wrong impression about bears in general. As cute/humorous as the footage turns out to be, he’s quick to remind folks that “bears are not cuddly and friendly, they are wild animals that should be treated with caution and respect.”

Still, it’s nice to see that “The Bear Necessities” dance number in Disney’s The Jungle Book isn’t as far-fetched as it might initially seem.

To keep up with Naylor as he posts more photos, videos and wildlife tips, check out his YouTube channel or visit the WildSmart website.

Update on 7/29/2013: Someone took the video and turned it into a Harlem Shake video…

  • Norshan Nusi

    That’s cute :D

  • Cindy

    Smokey: Dude you gotta check out this tree i just found!
    Yogi: Wow this is amaaaazing!
    Teddy: O.M.G
    Bart: You weren’t lying. Wish I had gotten here earlier, but gotta get back to the wifey. She hates it when I’m late for dinner.

  • Ralph Hightower

    Proof that bears love Charmin. Proof that David Addison of Moonlighting asks “What do bears do?”

  • sambacomet

    Teddy Bear’s Picnic

  • Syuaip

    that is one super popular tree right there! wish it flows beer there…

  • Jonathan Maniago

    “And that’s all for today’s class. Next week, we’ll move on to more advanced pole dancing techniques.”

  • John Mason

    Must be a poplar tree :)

  • JlLL JON

    FYI this is not Alberta, California (CA) it’s Alberta, Canada

  • Aberdeen

    Social gathering for back massage?

  • mrjournalist

    haha, exactly what i was thinking :)

  • Alan Klughammer

    I am guessing somewhere in Banff or Jasper National Parks in the Canadian Rockies.
    For non Canadians, Alberta is a province, kind of like a US State, only bigger …. :)

  • Brendan Bell

    Banff. Bear 64 and her 3 cubs.

  • Jeramy Bailey

    I believe the scientific term for that is a “jamboree”.

  • Irina

    the video went private and now my life is miserable… :(((

  • Michael Zhang

    It’s back up! :)

  • KarenJoy

    Awesome – great capture.

  • JoaoP

    Copyright ANNND IT’S GONE!

  • Judy

    The Bow Valley is bear Banff.

  • JerrodBalzer

    I love how toward the end, other animals were like, “Dude, this tree smells like bear ass.”

  • Teto85


  • Ivan

    Scratching their backs. All animals do sometime :)

  • Bluesyinohio

    I figured it was a mother bear w/ 3 almost grown cubs.

  • gyglygirl

    love mama with her babies!

  • frederick

    Alberta, California?

  • James Blake


  • Stacy

    At the risk of sounding like a complete moron, WTF is the hoofstock at 1:50? Female moose? It just looks strange, and it seems gigantic compared to the bears.