Trail Camera Captures High-Definition Footage of Black Bear and Cubs 'Scent Marking' in Maine Woods

A high-definition trail camera in Oxford County, Maine, caught a black bear mother engaged in a lengthy “scent-marking” back scratch in the woods on June 21, as her cubs looked on.

The black bear can be seen scent marking, wherein a bear rubs their shoulders and back on a tree, wooden post, or utility pole, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Bears use scent marking to communicate with each other in what researchers call chemical signaling.

Wildlife photographer Colin Chase shared the video, captured with a Browning Trail Camera, on his YouTube channel, calling it “cuteness overload.” Credit: Maine Woodsbooger via Storyful