Preliminary findings assessing the olfactory communication strategies of brown bears

Clapham, Melanie, Nevin, Owen, Rosell, Frank and Ramsey, Andrew D. (2010) Preliminary findings assessing the olfactory communication strategies of brown bears. In: 19th International Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) Conference, 16-22 May 2010, Tbilisi, Georgia. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This study reported of a relatively new area of study in bears (excepting the giant panda): olfactory communication. The authors found that brown bears selected the two tree species that were least represented in the landscape for marking and showed a slight preference for larger trees. Adult males were significantly more likely to mark than females or subadults, relative to their presence in the population. The authors concluded that assessing how olfactory communication plays a role in the social organisation of solitary carnivores will allow us understand the processes involved in territoriality, dispersal and reproduction, and better interpret the results of DNA surveys that use scent lures.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Departments: Faculty of Health and Science > Science, Natural Resources and Outdoor Studies > Forestry, Conservation & Applied Science
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 10:00
Last Modified: 25 Jan 2018 15:37
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1070

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