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A Helping hand For the Black Bear

Diet

Close-up of bear droppings containing a lot of berry seeds.
© Parks Canada/Claude Samson

Look closely… you will notice many berry seeds.
This is a good indication of what the bear ate!

Close to 500 samples of bear feces (droppings) were collected in the park. They were dried out at a very high temperature and observed using a binocular loupe. Since the feces contain the remains of undigested food (pits, seeds, hair, bones, shells, etc.), it is possible to identify to whom or what these remains belonged…

Click on the “Analysis” button to view the elements in a bear’s diet. Understanding bears’ dietary needs will help you to understand their movements.

Analyze the scientific data recorded in your log.

Analysis