valley loop

Photograph by @paulnicken for @natgeo // I saw grizzly bears frequently visit and rub on this exact tree along the Fishing Branch River in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Therefore, I mounted a remotely operated camera just out of their reach and let them take their own portrait. Why do the same bears rub on the same trees? New research shows that it is mostly males that rub on these marking or scent trees as a territorial claim to an area. According to ecologist Owen Nevin, his research cameras show that adult male bears are the most likely to rub trees, and the satellite telemetry tells us that males move from valley to valley in large loops, marking trees as they go, while looking for breeding females,” Wildlife never ceases to amaze and inspire me.
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