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Monday, 24 September 2012
Close encounters - with bears
From the Carpathian Brown Bear Project News:
A new publication by Scandinavian colleagues tested the behavior of solitary bears equipped with GPS collars when being approached by a walking person. Most bears (80%) left the place when being approached. The flight initiation distance was more than 100 m when the bear was active, and smaller (about 70 m) when the bear was resting. Only in 15% of the approaches, the bear was seen. None of the bears displayed aggressive behavior in any of the 169 experimental trials. These results reveal that bears try to avoid encounters with humans on foot, and they are normally not aggressive when meeting people.