Scientists use forensic technology to genetically document infanticide in brown bears

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  • February 27, 2018
  • Modern open-source software helped the researchers identify the male that killed a female and her two cubs Scientists used a technology designed for the purposes of human forensics, to provide the first genetically documented case of infanticide in brown bears, following the murder of a female and her two cubs in Trentino, the Italian Alps, […]

    Do squirrels teach bears to cross the railroad? Grizzlies dig squirrel middens for grains

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  • August 30, 2017
  • Grains have been reported to regularly trickle from hopper cars travelling via the railway located within the Canadian Banff and Yoho National Parks, attracting the local red squirrels. As a result, the rodents have grown used to foraging on the spilled seeds, which they collect in underground storage areas where they can be discovered and dug up by grizzly […]

    How bears bulk up ahead of the summer: A study into the Asiatic black bear’s spring diet

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  • May 5, 2017
  • Much like gym enthusiasts, every year Asiatic black bears seem to be on the lookout for protein-rich food ahead of the summer, so that they can bulk up on lean muscle mass in place of the fat tissue formed last year prior to hibernation. This was concluded in a study by Dr. Shino Furusaka, Tokyo […]