In my last post I showed video of a Capuchin monkey raiding corn near our Cerro Candelaria Reserve. Here a much bigger Spectacled Bear (Tremarctos ornatus) raids another cornfield near that reserve. These neighbors had complained to us about bears eating their corn, so our manager Juan Pablo Reyes and one of our caretakers, Luis Recalde (whose salary is paid by the World Land Trust’s “Keepers of the Wild” program through a donation by Puro Coffee), set up a camera trap to see who the culprit was. This bear is not one of the eight individuals that had been filmed before in our reserve.
We don’t want “our” bears to create resentments among the local people, so we will compensate the corn owners a small amount to make up for the bear’s damage.