Wild Drama at the Bear Center - UPDATE May 23, 2019

Spencer Peter checked the trail cam and found video of this drama out along the nature trail at the Bear Center. A mother with three yearlings went on alert and then went up a big white pine behind the camera. Bears on NABC nature trail camBears on NABC nature trail camA wary, scared tail-tucked wolf wearing a radio collar appeared and ate what the bears had been eating. Eventually the wolf left and the family came down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DxLfG-PGOnc

I was excited to see the videos. Bear-wolf relations has long been an area of interest. Rogers, L. L., and L. D. Mech. 1981. Interactions of wolves and black bears in northeastern Minnesota. J. Mamm. 62(2):434-436. Dave Mech and I began our long-term wolf and bears studies in Minnesota about the same time. We helped each other at times and collaborated on papers like this one. Then he founded the International Wolf Center and I founded the North American Bear Center and we continued the collaboration. We each work to promote the other. The better each center does, the better it is for both. I sent the video of the radio-collared wolf on to Dave to see who it is and perhaps get some background to complete the story.

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

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