Long-range Homing by an Adult Female Black Bear, Ursus americanus

L. J. Landriault, M. N. Hall, J. Hamr, F. F. Mallory


An adult female Black Bear was repeatedly captured and relocated as a result of nuisance behaviour. The relocation distances ranged from 40 km to 389 km (mean = 152 km, n = 6). She homed successfully from all relocations, even when accompanied by young-of-the-year. Differential homing ability among bears may depend on first homing from a short relocation, facilitating subsequent responses to longer distance relocations.


Black Bear; Ursus americanus; homing; distance; relocation; translocation; Ontario

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22621/cfn.v120i1.246

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