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Winter is here! As the bears tuck into bed, there is still a plethora of conflict species on the landscape for staff to run into. Are your workers Cougarsmart? Do they know how to avoid an encounter?
Check out our Wildlife Safety Training courses for your staff this winter.
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.