Photography, Photos & VideosPicture of the week: Bear Bait

Picture of the week: Bear Bait

Black bears may confuse nestboxes with feeders, or they may learn that an easy meal resides inside. They seem to prefer eggs and unfeathered nestlings.

Bear near nestbox. Photo by Dave Richmond.

Signs of a bear attack include a torn up or mangled box. Claw marks are often visible, and as you can see from the photo below, the mounting pole may also be bent.

See tips on how to prevent bears from attacking nestboxes.

Pole bent by bears. Photo by Dave Richmond of Idaho.

Photos by Dave Richmond of Idaho.

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You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that [we] have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. This is vital not only for the preservation of animal life generally, but for the future existence of man himself—a point that seems to escape many people.
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