WSU scientists and students work with both free-ranging and captive bears.

Research with captive bears permits a more in-depth understanding of bear biology because researchers are able to weigh bears regularly, draw blood samples, and provide special diets, which can’t feasibly be accomplished in the wild.

It is the synergism of studies using both captive and wild bears that has distinguished this program.

Areas of Research:

See Research to see some of the research we’ve conducted recently.

See Publications to view an extensive list of published work.

Areas of Research

  • Nutrition
  • Ecology
  • Physiology
  • Behavior
  • Reproduction
  • Learning and Memory