Pennsylvania Game Commission Launches Bear Den Livestream

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

Viewers can get an up-close look at a hibernating mother black bear and at least one cub

Now you can enjoy 24/7 livestream access to a black bear den thanks to the Pennsylvania Game Commission.Are you curious about what goes on in a bear den? Now you have 24/7 livestream access to a black bear den inhabited by a hibernating mother bear and at least one cub, thanks to the Pennsylvania Game Commission, HDOnTap, and Comcast Business.

HDOnTap provides the streaming services, and Comcast Business provides the internet connectivity for the livestream camera.

The livestream, which can be accessed through the commission’s website, showcases a den located under the deck of a cabin.

The same den spot was featured in a livestream in 2019. That year, the bears left the den on April 11.

“HDOnTap is excited to partner with the Pennsylvania Game Commission for this cam’s resurgence,” HDOnTap co-founder and CEO Tim Sears told Pennlive.com. “We were unsure if the opportunity would arise again for the live bear den cam.

“Watching the female and her cub was such a joy in 2019, it quickly became one of our staff’s favorite cams to watch.”

The bear den livestream is one of four Game Commission livestreams that will run into the spring of 2021.

Others include the popular Farm Country Eagle Cam, which features a long-established nest in a sycamore overlooking scenic farmland.

The popular Hanover Eagle Cam has returned to the commission after a year of being sponsored by Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Association.

The agency’s new Snow Goose Cam, located at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area, began running in January, ahead of the snow goose migration.

You can access all four livestreams through the agency’s website.

Game Commission information and education director Steve Smith said the agency’s livestreams provide viewers with the ability to watch wildlife behavior at close proximity.

“Viewers often tell us how appreciative they are for the entertaining, educational opportunities the livestreams provide, but also for how the livestreams have given them a whole new appreciation of wildlife,” Smith said. “Those are among many reasons the Game Commission’s wildlife livestreams remain so popular, and why we’re proud to bring them back again this year.”

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