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Black bear Spotted by roadside in Alberta, Canada

Observed: 29th June 2008 By: kh854
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
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Description:

American black bear spotted while on holiday in Alberta, Canada, sitting eating dandelions. A really lucky sighting on the way back from the Canadian rockies.

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Comments

lst55's picture

Lucky You

I see he/she is tagged- is that common? Great animal to see :-)

Lucy

OU Student

kh854's picture

Tagging

I was told that they get tagged if they stray too close to human habitation so that they can be 'dealt with' if they continue to 'cause problems'. Once tagged they get moved to a more remote location more suitable for bears.

Some people got out of their car to get a closer look! This apparently makes the bears less wary of humans and so more likely to wander into areas of human habitation looking for food, thereby endangering the life of the bear, as it is more like to get shot.

We could have stayed for ages looking, but the person I was with said this was not a good idea as a ranger was more likely to see it and the bear obviously wasn't in the slightest bit afraid of people.

Karen, OU Student

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Bad bear

Tagging is the bear equivalent of ASBOS!

Graham Banwell

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