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Interactions between grizzly bears and hikers in Glacier National Park, Montana

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dc.contributor.advisor Starkey, Edward E.
dc.creator Jope, Katherine Louise McArthur
dc.date.accessioned 2013-09-13T21:39:07Z
dc.date.available 2013-09-13T21:39:07Z
dc.date.copyright 1982-04-26
dc.date.issued 1982-04-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/42516
dc.description Graduation date: 1982 en_US
dc.description.abstract Behavior of grizzly bears (Ursus arctos) toward people was studied by examining hikers' reports of grizzly bear observations and by intensively observing grizzlies in an area of Glacier National Park that was heavily used by day-hikers. Of concern were the apparent habituation of grizzly bears to people in the study area, the increasing rate of human injuries by grizzly bears in the park, and the increased involvement of lone adult and subadult bears in injuries to hikers. Associations between environmental circumstances, including the presence and behavior of people, and grizzly bears' behavior were evaluated. Human use of the study area was associated primarily with season and weather. Numbers of grizzly bears observed were also associated with season as it reflected patterns of habitat use. Behavior of grizzly bears was associated primarily with the level of human activity, the presence of bear-bells, and the climatic circumstances under which the bears were seen. Although grizzly bears' fear response toward people appeared to habituate, they maintained a degree of vigilance that was related to conditions affecting the ease of scent perception. Charges, which have been associated with hiker injuries, involved only people who did not have bearbells. Charges occurred primarily along trails that received little human use although grizzly bears were also startled by hikers on trails with high levels of human use. Evidence indicated that habituation of grizzly bears' fear response did not lead to the increasing trend in the rate of human injuries. On the contrary, habituation may contribute to a reduction in the rate of injuries that result from fear-induced aggression. A possible mechanism for the increased rate of injuries is presented. Other types of aggression relevant to danger of human injury by grizzly bears are discussed. en_US
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dc.subject.lcsh Grizzly bear -- Behavior en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Agonistic behavior in animals en_US
dc.title Interactions between grizzly bears and hikers in Glacier National Park, Montana en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science (M.S.) in Wildlife Science en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.description.digitization File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome, 8-bit Grayscale) using ScandAll PRO 1.8.1 on a Fi-6670 in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR. en_US
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