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Another 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.

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  • 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
  • Examples:
    • garbage
    • compost
    • pet food
    • bird feeders

7. HABITUATION

  • 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?
  • Basically

10. AVERSIVE CONDITIONING (McCarthy and Seavoy 1994) 11. TRANSLOCATION

  • Sedated or trapped and released in a new location
  • Ideal distance?
  • Well

It depends on the bear! (Hristienko and McDonald 2007) 12. TRANSLOCATION (Landriaultet al . 2006) 13. PROBLEMS

  • Effectiveness?
  • Methodology?
  • Alternatives?

14. ANY QUESTIONS? Photos courtesy of Verity Catt

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