Dave Anderson's Forest Journal
Evidence abounds that spring is bruins season
By DAVE ANDERSON | May 25. 2013 1:55AM
While there are ample supplies of natural foods in the forest, suburban neighborhoods offer attractive amenities to wandering bruins. In many instances of bears in close proximity to people, the motivation is birdseed - particularly black oil sunflower seeds.
Adolescents, particularly the males, now disperse to establish new territories while avoiding conflict with older, dominant males, who are busy defending territory and seeking mates. Young boars are interlopers in already-occupied territory, and they must travel warily to avoid conflicts. Dominant boars tolerate young sows that will mature to become part of a regional harem.