Ted - UPDATE January 25, 2018

Ted is doing a behavior that is like a wild bear and a behavior I don’t understand.Ted in his denTed in his den

He is nibbling snow like wild bears do, as captured by a Mod in this 9-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vx3WlP88aV4

But I don’t understand why he would deliberately take straw into his mouth and chew it up. In the wild, we often see bears get bits of bedding in their mouths and chew it up. We later find it in the scat they slowly produce overwinter. But, I don’t believe we have seen bears on the wild Den Cams intentionally take mouthfuls and chew it. Let me know if I’m wrong. Ted has done that a number of times over the years, and we had reports of Honey doing it, too. A Mod captured Ted in action doing that in this 8-minute video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvQjKj5XF3A

The staff is putting pressure on me to come through on a new exhibit for this year, and its taking more time than anyone would have guessed. That’s one of the reasons I’ve had to skip updates on some days. The goal is to summarize my research in a new exhibit that uses pictures and video to show highlights of how the research has evolved, using ever kinder, gentler methods for deeper insights into behavior, ecology, and all the subjects we’ve explored. I have a feeling it will be a work in progress for some time to come, and I have to write a book soon. I’m 78 already. I also want to explore possibilities of a Den Cam. Denning behavior is still the least observed part of bear life, and our team has the ability and experience to document it.

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center