Cedar Fun - UPDATE June 23, 2018

Lucky and Holly, especially Lucky, took full advantage of the new cedar chip pile at the Bear Center. Lucky and Holly enjoy the cedar pileLucky and Holly enjoy the cedar pileThe cedar chip pile has always stimulated play on it and rolling in it. I don’t know the whole story about why cedar chips stimulate this behavior but it is likely related to the presence of thujone, a chemical with the name derived from the genus name for cedar—Thuja. Thujone repels fleas and ticks and some other insects. The bears put on a good show at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uos9YLl5h_w (8:50 minutes) and at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIKH47qvyjo (59 seconds).

Thank you for all you do.

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

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