Oasis in the forest

Water is a precious resource for animals, especially during hot weather. Brown bears are especially sensitive to heat and often rest during the warmest hours. They also love to take baths. Beaver lakes seem to be an attractive swimming pool. We recorded such bathing trips to beaver lakes during field inspections of the GPS-locations […]

Read more

Have you observed bears mating? Observations wanted!

The breeding season in brown bears is defined as the period when copulations occur and courtship and breeding behavior are observed. The mating season of the brown bear lasts for approximately 2.5 months, from late spring to early summer. Bears in Europe usually mate between mid-May and early July. […]

Read more

Bears at the Science Festival

Next Wednesday it will start the XIII Science Festival in Krakow, devoted this year to the “Faces of the water”. It is the first time that the Institute of Nature Conservation IOP PAN participates in this event. The second day of the festival (16 may), bears will have a special booth where […]

Read more

Bear dens in Poloniny National Park

The Poloniny National Park (Slovakia, 406 km2) is located in the Eastern Carpathians and borders the Bieszczady region in Poland. The number of bears moving across this area has been estimated in 25 individuals, from which 15 have been confirmed by non-invasive genetic analysis. Stofik and Saniga have recorded a total […]

Read more
AppleMark

The mystery of brown bears in ABC Islands

Despite extensive genetic studies, the evolutionary relationship between polar bears and brown bears has been an ongoing debate. At the center of this controversy are brown bears from the Alaskan ABC Islands, in the Alexander Archipelago, which have mitochondrial DNA that looked just like polar bear DNA (mitochondrial […]

Read more