Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

Alaskan bears show us how they get around—and what they get into.

May 04, 2015

Alaska's black and brown bears have lots of room to prowl around, but sometimes they like to head into Anchorage, where they get into trash, eat dog food, and, well, hang out. So the Alaska Department of Fish and Game put GPS collars and cameras on six black bears and three brown bears to see where they go and what they do. As you can see with this map, these guys get around.

You might think of bears as loners, but the video footage shows them chillin’ with other bears and, of course, eating food left out by humans. The data highlights “humans sources of attractants” like garbage and birdseed in order to show people how to keep these wild animals healthy (and at bay). Remember, folks: Do not feed the bears!

Map of the wanderings of nine Alaskan bears in the study.

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