Wow, it BEARly took any effort! Seen here are two of our four “wild” bears, who can claim Yellowstone as their first home, receiving rewards for voluntary blood draw training. Frank, John, Cooke and Oakley are two male and two female 17 year old adult grizzly bears that reside at the WSU Bear Center. Until the Spring of 2019, they had received minimal training for these types of activities. Within one month of focusing on gaining their trust and understanding, all four of these individuals had quickly picked up the concept, quickly responding to our clicker training and food rewards. Our group was amazed at how perceptive the bears were and the degree of patience they exhibited to work with us and through our mistakes to achieve this impressive feat.