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We collect bear scats while visiting the GPS locations of collared individuals and opportunistically, while snow tracking bears or during other field activities. We prepare the samples for analysis by freezing, washing and drying the faeces. Then, we identify the food remains in the scats with identification guides and reference material and estimate the percentage volume of each item.

We put special attention to frugivory by bears and their role as seed dispersers. For 11 species of fleshy fruits, we are comparing the germination rates of three treatments (a) whole fruit (seed+pulp), (b) control treatment (seeds whose pulp was extracted manually) and (c) bear treatment (seeds digested by bears).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 

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