Webcam expected to show black bear giving birth in Ely

Lily, the black bear
Lily, a black bear in hibernation in northern Minnesota, is expected to give birth in a few weeks. Researchers are setting up a webcam they hope will capture the birth and Lily's other activities in her den.
Photo courtesy of the North American Bear Center

Today, just outside Ely, a camera was installed in den where a black bear named Lily is currently hibernating. That camera will provide pictures and video that people can watch online.

Lily is expected to give birth to a set of cubs in about a week or so, and the hope is that the world will be able to watch it happen in real time.

MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with Doug Hajicek, the wildlife film producer who is setting up the camera.