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Adult Female ~ No Longer Seen

Year First Identified: 1997 with 2 Spring Cubs

Year Last Observed:  2011

Known Offspring Of:  ?

Known Litters of Cubs:  5

Genetics Study Samples Obtained: Genetics study samples must have been obtained from 236 Milkshake at some point as information in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks River states "DNA analysis has confirmed that she (236 Milkshake) is the mother of #604 (Little) and #608".  It is not known to us when this genetics study sample was obtained or by whom.

Identification:

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Distinctive Behaviors:

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Life History:

1997:  with 2 Spring Cubs, 1st Known Litter

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with her 1st known litter of cubs, 2 spring cubs.  

1998:  with 1 Remaining Yearling

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with 1 remaining yearling from her 1997 litter.

2000: with 3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter (604 Little & 608)

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with 3 spring cubs, her 2nd known litter.

July 2000:

2000.07.02:  Could this be 236 Milkshake with 2 remaining spring cubs on July 2, 2000?  Video by monjiro i.

A Brown Bear Family at Katmai National Park July 2, 2000 by monjiro i

A Brown Bear Family at Katmai National Park July 2, 2000 by monjiro i

2001:  with 3 Yearlings (604 Little & 608)

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with the 3 yearlings from her 2000 litter.  604 Little and 608 are two of those offspring.  

2003:  with 4 Spring Cubs, 3rd Known Litter

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with 4 spring cubs, her 3rd known litter.  There is speculation that 94 may be one of the offspring from this litter.  Mike Fitz' October 10, 2018 11:03 comment :  "It's possible that 94 was only 5.5 years old when she was first identified in 2008 with spring cubs. Although the bear monitoring staff at the time wasn't sure of her age, their notes indicate that 94 might have been an offspring of 236 Milkshake from a 2003 litter. Will Troyer, during his studies on Brooks River bears in the 1970s, documented one female bear ("Sister") giving birth at age 4."

2003 Season:

236 Milkshake's 4 spring cubs can be seen in this video by Eric Jones.  Be sure to have your sound on; one of the cubs is very vocal  

Bear cubs of the year playing and whining 2003 by Eric Jones-0

Bear cubs of the year playing and whining 2003 by Eric Jones-0

July 2003:

2003.07.12-07.15:  Oellafella filmed 236 Milkshake and her litter of 4 spring cubs extensively from 7/12-7/15/2003. The family can be seen traveling all over the lower river and by the viewing platform. The video footage can be viewed from 36:28-36:41, 37:01-57:29 and 58:33-59:54.

Bears of Katmai National Park (July 12-15, 2003), video by Oellafella

Bears of Katmai National Park (July 12-15, 2003), video by Oellafella

September 2003:

October 2003:

2003.10.01:  NPS photo of  236 Milkshake's 4 spring cubs.

2004:  with 4 Remaining Yearlings, But Lost 2 During 2004 Season

June 2004:

2004.06.29:  236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with the 4 yearlings from her 2003 litter.  The smallest yearling was separated from the family at Brooks Falls on June 29, 2004 or June 30, 2004 and not seen again afterwards.

July 2004:

236 Milkshake lost a second yearling, a male, in July of 2004. 

2005:  Successfully Weaned Two 2.5 Year-Olds

Spring 2005:

236 Milkshake is believed to have successfully weaned the 2 remaining offspring from her 2003 litter in the spring of 2005.  94 is speculated to be one of these offspring.

2008:

2008 Season:

Ranger Roy Wood created the video from a series of photos of 236 Milkshake jumping off the falls.

236 Milkshake jumping off of Brooks Falls 2008 Season by Ranger Roy Wood

236 Milkshake jumping off of Brooks Falls 2008 Season by Ranger Roy Wood

June 2008:

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2009:

June 2009:

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2010:  with 4 Spring Cubs, 5th & Last Known Litter

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with 4 spring cubs, her 5th and final known litter.  

2010 Season:

236 Milkshake and her 4 spring cubs can be seen in the video by John Grabowska:

Sow and cubs 236 Milkshake & 4 Spring Cubs 2010 Season by John Grabwska

Sow and cubs 236 Milkshake & 4 Spring Cubs 2010 Season by John Grabwska

July 2010:

2010.07.??:  236 Milkshake and her 4 spring cubs can be seen at the 5:45 mark into this video by Stu Davidson:

Brooks Falls Alaska Video Clips - Stu & Drew Davidson's July 2010 trip by Stu Davidson

Brooks Falls Alaska Video Clips - Stu & Drew Davidson's July 2010 trip by Stu Davidson

2010.07.10:  236 Milkshake and her 4 spring cubs video by Marcia Bernstein (aka marciahoopoe):

Mama bear and four cubs in Alaska 7 10 2010 by Marcia Bernstein (aka marciahoopoe)

Mama bear and four cubs in Alaska 7 10 2010 by Marcia Bernstein (aka marciahoopoe)

2010.07.26:  Camp visitor Gordon Laing captured video of 238 Milkshake and her 4 spring cubs on 7/26/2010. The family is seen on Naknek beach where planes arrive (0:46-1:05) and on the lower river (3:38-3:47).

Brooks Falls Bears Fishing - with Canon EOS 7D and HV30, July 26 2010 video by Gordon Laing

Brooks Falls Bears Fishing - with Canon EOS 7D and HV30, July 26 2010 video by Gordon Laing

September 2010:

2010.09.07:  NPS photo of 236 Milkshake with her 4 spring cubs.

2011:  with 2 Remaining Yearlings, But Lost Them  ~ Last Year 236 Was Observed

236 Milkshake, in her mid 20s, returned to the Brooks River with only 2 remaining yearlings from her 2010 litter.  2011 yielded a low salmon run at Brooks River / in the Bristol Bay region.  236 struggled to feed herself and her offspring.  236 Milkshake lost both of these remaining yearlings during the 2011 season.  

236 Milkshake was last observed in 2011.

2012:

236 was included in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook:

How 236 Milkshake Got Her Nickname:

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Known Courting & Mating:

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Known Litters of Cubs:

236 Milkshake had 5 known litters of cubs.

1st Known Litter, 2 Spring Cubs:

1997:  236 Milkshake was initially identified in 1997 with 2 Spring Cubs, her 1st Known Litter

1998:  1 Remaining Yearling

2nd Known Litter, 3 Spring Cubs, 604 Little & 608 DNA Analysis Confirmed:

2000:  3 Spring Cubs, 2nd Known Litter

2001:  3 Yearlings, 2nd Known Litter

3rd Known Litter, 4 Spring Cubs, 94 Speculated:

2003:  4 Spring Cubs, 4th Known Litter

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with 4 spring cubs, her 3rd known litter.  There is speculation that 94 may be one of the offspring from this litter.  Mike Fitz' October 10, 2018 11:03 comment :  "It's possible that 94 was only 5.5 years old when she was first identified in 2008 with spring cubs. Although the bear monitoring staff at the time wasn't sure of her age, their notes indicate that 94 might have been an offspring of 236 Milkshake from a 2003 litter. Will Troyer, during his studies on Brooks River bears in the 1970s, documented one female bear ("Sister") giving birth at age 4."

2004:  4 Yearlings, but lost 2 Yearlings During the 2004 Season

236 Milkshake returned to the Brooks River with the 4 yearlings from her 2003 litter.  The smallest yearling was separated from the family at Brooks Falls on June 29, 2004 or June 30, 2004 and not seen again afterwards.

2005:  236 Successfully Weaned Two 2.5 Year-Old Offspring

236 Milkshake is believed to have successfully weaned the 2 remaining offspring from her 2003 litter in the spring of 2005.  94 is speculated to be one of these offspring.

4th Known LItter, 2 Spring Cubs:

2007:  2 Spring Cubs, 4th Known Litter

2008:  2 Yearlings

5th Known Litter, 4 Spring Cubs, Last Known Litter, Last Year 236 Was Observed:

2010:  4 Spring Cubs, 5th & Last Known Litter

2011:  2 Remaining Yearlings, But Lost Both Offspring During 2011 Season

236 Milkshake, in her mid 20s, returned to the Brooks River with only 2 remaining yearlings from her 2010 litter.  2011 yielded a low salmon run at Brooks River / in the Bristol Bay region.  236 struggled to feed herself and her offspring.  236 Milkshake lost both of these remaining yearlings during the 2011 season.  236 Milkshake was last observed in 2011.

Known Relatives:

Mother:  ?

Father:  ?

Siblings:  ?

Offspring:  

2000 Litter:  604 Little & 608 , DNA Analysis Confirmation

DNA analysis has confirmed that 236 Milkshake is the mother of 604 Little and 608.  219 One-Toe is the father of these two 236 Milkshake offspring, also confirmed via DNA analysis.

2003 Litter:  94 , Speculated

There is speculation that 94 may be one of the offspring from this litter.  Mike Fitz' October 10, 2018 11:03 comment :  "It's possible that 94 was only 5.5 years old when she was first identified in 2008 with spring cubs. Although the bear monitoring staff at the time wasn't sure of her age, their notes indicate that 94 might have been an offspring of 236 Milkshake from a 2003 litter. Will Troyer, during his studies on Brooks River bears in the 1970s, documented one female bear ("Sister ") giving birth at age 4."

Genetics Study Samples Obtained:

Genetics study samples must have been otained from 236 Milkshake at some point.   information in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks River states "DNA analysis has confirmed that she (236 Milkshake) is the mother of #604 (Little) and #608".  It is not known to us when this genetics study sample was obtained or by whom.


A special thank you to KCanada for to NPS photos from the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.   A special thank you to Xander-Sage for the gif created from the NPS photos in the 2012 Brown Bears of Brooks Camp iBook.

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