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Bears rub trees, but why?
Scientists in North America and Europe have been studying this phenomena with motion-based cameras and video recording devices to understand more about this behaviour in black and grizzly bears. It seems that mainly male bears rub specific trees each year during the mating season to let other male bears know of their presence. This can increase awareness of other larger bears in the area and help smaller bears avoid a fight. Since bears are so focused on feeding and breeding, a little communication can go a long way in reducing any conflicts.
Check out this amazing video footage by BBC's Planet Earth 2 team, who took the time to set up their gear in Alberta's Kananaskis Country.
Jackson Hole is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including the iconic grizzly bear. Millions of people flock to this region each year to live, work and play, while others call this place home. Many want to live with the wildlife that share this place, but are at a loss at how or are not aware that they are having negative impacts on local wildlife.
Residents and oil and gas workers will soon be returning to the Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo Region. The fires have already destroyed over 500,000 hectares of land in the region. Many animals have lost their lives and those that did survive have lost habitat, shelter and natural food sources. Bears will likely be starving and in search of food. Here are a few helpful tips from Bear Safety & More's founder, Kim Titchener on things residents and oil camps can do to reduce the chances of attracting black bears into the community and work sites.
Bears breaking into homes seems far-fetched but, as if Fort McMurray residents didn’t have enough problems already, conditions appear right for a creeping black bear invasion into evacuated neighbourhoods.