In the early spring of 2019 Felicia emerged from her den below the Continental Divide with two cubs. Unfortunately, she quickly lost one to a boar. Felica and her suriviving cub, Pepper, were often seen near the highway that crosses the divide. But another misfortune struck: Pepper became separated from her mom when another boar gave chase. For more than a month Pepper lived alone, somehow surviving against all odds, and even learning to kill her first rodents to help stay alive. There was little hope that Pepper could survive. But she did and then, a miracle, they reunited. During the summer, the two were seen periodically, grazing, nursing and exploring, and as fall's snow began to fall they were seen headed to their den. Sadly, when winter finally gave way, only Felicia emerged from the den. In her short year, Pepper captured a lot of hearts with her pluck and spirit. Here are some of my favorite photos of my time with Felicia and Pepper.