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Planet Earth II featured Alberta's bears, thanks in part to the wildlife team in Kananaskis Country. An ongoing study of bear rub trees with the use of wildlife trail cameras led to some amazing footage of bears. BBC was so impressed they set up their own cameras to capture these bears in the act.
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.