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Wildlfe videos: A bear's perspective

Posted: January 11, 2012 - 4:47pm

ADF&G’s bear cam: more than the other side of the mountain

Ever seen a bear munch on a beaver? Ever seen it so close bear slobber drips on your camera? Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game Division of Wildlife Conservation has made videos like this and more available to watch online.

ADF&G wildlife biologists attached research video cameras and GPS to bear collars and fitted collars to four brown bears near Glennallen in the Copper River Basin in May.

„The video clips provide an interesting perspective and important information in the daily habits of these brown bears,‰ said Bruce Dale, ADF&G, Division of Wildlife Regional Supervisor. „It‚s exciting to see the bear‚s view, and we thought that the public would be interested in these clips.‰

The innovative collars take 10-second video clips and records a GPS location every 15 minutes. The cameras recorded almost 12,000 clips in a month.

Visitors to ADF&G’s site can now watch nine 10-second video clips and a 13-minute video featuring a day’s worth of clips. The videos have simple, descriptive titles like Sow playing with her cub, Bear meets bear, Bear eating a beaver, Bear eats another bear and Bear by the lake.

ADF&G’s video and GPS research is part of the Nelchina Brown Bear Project. Biologists have studied Copper River Basin brown bears for years to “evaluate the effects of high hunter harvest rates on the bear population as well as the bears‚ impacts on the moose population,” according to an ADF&G press release.

View the video clips at bit.ly/wtqYLS.

For more information read the January issue of Alaska Fish and Wildlife News at www.wildlifenews.alaska.gov.

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