Tasha on the Move, PA Bear Habituation, Super Moon - UPDATE March 21, 2019

With the contest on to see who can guess when Ted, Lucky Holly, and Tasha will officially begin their year, MoonMoonTasha is tantalizing us with a brief walkabout as shown by her tracks in this 1:24-minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjprcVcQYe4

In Pennsylvania, the mother and cub showed how they react to loud, sudden human noises that come about 2 ½ minutes into this 4:37-minute video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBebL8b6aTU Both the mother and cub came to attention. But within seconds they identified the sounds as human sounds, not a danger. They relaxed and ignored the sounds. They went about their business like Lily, June, and the others did with human observers recording their activities, diet, habitat use, etc. We also saw that these study bears came to ignore thunder, and by extension, gunshots. Habituation and its limits and consequences are of high interest to us because so much bear management policy is based on common beliefs about it.

Pennsylvania cubPennsylvania cubSomeone captured a cute shot of the cub looking like it was trying to catch a raindrop on this rainy day there.

The moon looked big here the last few days, and it should. It’s the last of the super moons for 2019. The last time a full moon coincided with the first day of spring was in 1981.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center