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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Bears vs. the Squeaker

More bears from the pools of the seasonal creek.

I thought the jury-rigged squeaker might lead to the design of an effective bear deterrent.

Watch the video and learn what I learned.

PS: Just back from a pleasant week with camera trappers at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus. More on that later.


7oaks said...

Very Nice Video there Chris...You sure do get a lot of bear action...

Camera Trap Codger said...

The place seems to be crawling with them. I'll post a video showing the cast of characters in a few weeks.

Joe said...

Great video. I'm shocked the bears had no response at all to the squeaker.

Bruce Mohn said...

I'm guesing it sounded like a bird or a rodent and therefore soemthing to be ignored or potential lunch.

randomtruth said...

I think that last one was tapping on morse code on your squeaker for the cam trap to record. Pretty sure the second letter was a "U", was that first letter an "F"?? ;)

I think you've also basically shown how the cam traps get treated by diff bears - sometimes sniffed, sometimes rattled like a gourd.

Camera Trap Codger said...

Bruce--I used to call those sirens "screaming canaries", because they are pretty loud, but even at close range they don't alarm a bear.

RT--Yep, some of those Bruins are a little rough with cams and squeakers.