Polar bears communicate through body language, vocalizations, and scent markings: Head wagging from side to side: A sign that polar bears want to play. For example, an abuser may say “It’s your fault I lash out like this and it’s your fault I hit you. Bears can run with great speed and they are good in climbing trees. If you encounter a bear that does NOT avoid you, you need to determine if it is exhibiting predatory or aggressive/defensive behavior. Observations of Polar Bear Predatory Behaviour toward Caribou RYAN K. BROOK1 and EVAN S. RICHARDSON2 (Received 20 December 2000; accepted in revised form 13 September 2001) ABSTRACT. Bears respond to people as they would other bears. Brown bears dominate gray wolves, cougars, black bears, and even polar bears. Black bears are amazingly powerful, fast, resourceful and … Take moose at Kincaid Park for example. Bear Body Language. If a bear attacks, people may increase their chance by evaluating whether the bear’s behaviour is defensive or predatory. Grizzly Bear Image by Chris Morgan. No, spirit bears are not albino. Grizzly bears are intelligent, curious, and have excellent memory, particularly regarding where food sources are located. Bears vary in height and some are very short like the sun bear (below 4 feet) and some of them can grow up to 11 feet height (polar bears). Depending where they live, they may be attacked by tigers or other bears. A predatory bear comes up to you WITHOUT displaying any stress (like moaning, woofing, jaw popping, or paw swatting). Seems like people are rushing to the conclusion that this was a “predatory bear”. Cows will drop calves and be very calm when people are around. * Grizzly Bear Behavior. Although sometimes portrayed in the media as voracious predators, grizzly bears are normally reclusive creatures. Understanding the various responses and ways bears communicate can help people to coexist with bears. Black bears are so timid today partly because they evolved alongside such powerful predators as saber-toothed cats, American lions, dire wolves and short-faced bears, all of which became extinct only about 12,000 years ago. But then again, maybe not. Does not display stress behaviors. Most likely its behavior was driven by stress and not the genetic disposition to be a predator. These behaviors and how you react to them are true for both black and grizzly bears. Of course, that could be true. Adult bears initiate play—which is actually ritualized fighting or mock battling—by standing on their hind legs, chin lowered to their chests, with front paws hanging by their sides. They have pigment in their skin and eyes, which wouldn’t be the case with albinos. Bears are relatively quiet creatures, but will occasionally make sounds to communicate: Cubs bawl and moan when distressed, and make a grunting purr sound when suckling. Bears Facts: There are several species of bear but many of them are becoming extinct now. A predatory bear is often recognized when it appears to be intensely interested in you or deliberately approaches you, 3. Black Bear Behavior. Habits and Behaviors. Spirit bears aka Kermode bears (Ursus americanus kermodei) are a subspecies of the North American black bear with a rare recessive gene that makes their fur white or cream. Large herbivores rarely threaten the bears, but may fatally wound one in self-defense or protecting calves. Bears are extraordinarily intelligent and adaptable and knowing how to interpret their behavior and how to act responsibly is part of the pleasure of sharing our environment with wild bears. 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