nuisance black bears
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DESCRIPTIONAnother presentation I gave to my Animal Science 500 class. From the time I first started working with orphaned black bear cubs, I have been interested in human-bear conflicts. My presentation outlines how "nuisance" black bears are commonly dealt with in North America.
- 1. POP QUIZ: Do these foods have anythingin common? 25 hamburgers 3 kg nuts 8 cheese pizzas 36 kg fruit 3 kg sunflower seeds
2. NUISANCE BLACK BEARS Meghann Cant February 25, 2008 3. OBJECTIVES
- What are nuisance black bears?
- How are they created?
- What can be done about them?
4. A NUISANCE BEAR
- Comes into conflict with humans
- Usually food is involved
- Also called a problem bear
5. BECOMING A NUISANCE BEAR 6. FOOD-CONDITIONING
- An attraction to unnatural food sources
- pet food
- bird feeders
- The toleration of a human presence
- Learns to ignore or even intimidate people to get food
8. DEALING WITH A NUISANCE BEAR 9. AVERSIVE CONDITIONING
- Chasing, scaring, or inflicting pain
- Effective for how long?
10. AVERSIVE CONDITIONING (McCarthy and Seavoy 1994) 11. TRANSLOCATION
- Sedated or trapped and released in a new location
- Ideal distance?
It depends on the bear! (Hristienko and McDonald 2007) 12. TRANSLOCATION (Landriaultet al . 2006) 13. PROBLEMS
14. ANY QUESTIONS? Photos courtesy of Verity Catt