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May enrichment in the Yard

Adak, Dodge, Willow and Adak, our four, 4.5year old bears, enjoy a summer afternoon in the yard eagerly seeking out their enrichment items. Each day the bears are provided various form of enrichment including puzzle feeders incorporating plastic balls, PVC, fire hose and chain as well as food items hidden throughout the yard area.

Foot training for Grizzly bears at WSU

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.

Bear Conservation and Research at Washington State University

Joy Erlenbach, a PhD student at the WSU Bear Center, discusses the many facets of her research as well as her extensive experience collecting data on bears in Alaska. She also shares her experiences getting her PhD at WSU, including the intimate bonds she has formed over the years with our bears here in Pullman.

Iso-Seq project

Meet the WSU researchers who study the bears, as they provide a brief overview of their involvement with the Bear Center and their research focus.

Changing Tides: Bear Observations

Graduate student Joy Erlenbach discusses the bear observation portion of the Changing Tides Project, a research project examining the interconnections between intertidal invertebrates, bears, and humans in Katmai and Lake Clark National Parks and Preserves.

Key to Human Heart Disease Could Lie with Hibernating Grizzly Bears

Washington State University’s Bear Center is currently looking at hibernation and how a bear can survive with a very low heart rate for an extended period of time.