Black Bear Climbs a Tree
and Breaks it in Half

Ursus americanus

  Look closely at a small Douglas fir sapling that was climbed by a black bear.    


Black Bear Climbs a Tree and Breaks it in Half

A black bear can make quite a mess of a tree if it tries to climb, especially when the tree is a small Douglas fir sapling. The tree shown in this video was marked by a bear.

Bears mark by standing on their hind legs and reaching as high as they can. They then bite and scratch the bark of the marking tree. Marking trees range in diameter from 3 inches to three feet. Many species of trees are used as bear marking trees. Black bears will even make their marks on telephone poles! They are known to chew on wooden signs and other man-made objects in parks and other wild areas.

The sapling shown in this video was located less than 50 feet from another marking tree that showed repeated use by bears. Females will mark trees in spring, and male bears mark them in the summer and fall. Marking trees can be found near areas where bears feed or where they spend a lot of time. This is a form of communication and territorial marking among ursids.

In this video, you will see up close the signs left by a bear climbing a small diameter tree. Signs are not tracks, but they are clues to the presence and activities of animals. Signs are just as good as tracks in the eyes of a tracker. These clues can tell you so much!

Keep an eye out for signs and clues left by animals in your own outdoor adventures!

Other Black Bear Pages on this site:
Go to the Black Bear Scat Page
or Black Bear Scat Page II
Go to the Black Bear Feeding Signs Page
or Black Bear Main Page

For more tracking videos, go back to the Black Bear Tracking Videos page



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