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Patterns of movement of released female brown bears in the Cantabrian Mountains, northwestern Spain

Penteriani, Vincenzo; del Delgado, Maria; Vicente Lopez-Bao, Jose; Vazquez Garcia, Pablo; Monros, Juan S.; Vigon Alvarez, Efren; Sanchez Corominas, Teresa; Vazquez, Victor M.

Abstract

Between 2008 and 2013, 3 female brown bears (Ursus arctos; 2 cubs-of-the-year and 1 2-yr-old) were rescued, rehabilitated in captivity, radiotagged, and released back to the Cantabrian Mountains, northwestern Spain. We characterized their daily and seasonal movements post-release to gain insights into their movement strategies and the viability of bears released in human-dominated environments. The bears exhibited marked diurnal activity and were active throughout winter. Two bears demonstrated behaviors similar to those reported for wild bears, whereas one cub-of-the-year was recaptured after 21 days because she developed signs of habituation to humans.

Keywords

bear release; brown bear; daily activity; movement; rhythms of activity; Ursus arctos

Published in

Ursus
2017, Volume: 28, number: 2, pages: 165-170
Publisher: INT ASSOC BEAR RESEARCH & MANAGEMENT-IBA

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    UKÄ Subject classification

    Zoology

    Publication identifier

    DOI: https://doi.org/10.2192/URSU-D-16-00012.1

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    https://res.slu.se/id/publ/93591