Spectacled Bear sightings Part 2

Yesterday I posted a Spectacled Bear video taken by one of our rangers near his home town of El Placer, close to our Naturetrek Reserve. Today I received more videos of the same sighting, taken from the village schoolhouse. All the kids got to see the bear! You can hear their excitement in the background.

And the video from yesterday, taken by the people who appear in the last few seconds of the above video:

 

These bears are damaging the people’s crops, but perhaps we can turn this problem into an advantage for the village. If the bears came often enough, it may be possible for the village to earn some money from tourism. Perhaps the village could actually plant crops for the bears. The challenge will be to find an equitable way to ensure that enough tourism money goes to the farmers who do that.

Lou Jost, EcoMinga Foundation

2 thoughts on “Spectacled Bear sightings Part 2

  1. Very exciting and interesting video! Here are my thoughts on this Lou, while unfamiliar with this exact location/situation, for all it’s worth, be careful!
    History has shown us that often times bears and people do not mix so this idea, while very good, would have to be managed very carefully. If spectacled bears have a somewhat docile and retreating behavior towards people, then perhaps planting crops for it would work, but what happens if he finds a mate and cubs are born nearby, or what about the farmer’s loose dogs? (Heard barking in the background)

    Habituating top level predators to humans does carry risks as in mountain lion and alligator examples in the U.S. Observations are underway with polar bears forced to leave the ice to find food and wandering into native peoples villages. Since polar bears can be more aggressive, there have been negative consequences when cubs follow or when bears feel threatened.

    Are spectacled bears known to have similar behavior as North American black bears?
    In Alaska, we observed a black bear wandering around near a small town we stayed at, getting into a trash bin, which was supposed to have the lid shut. Later we heard a gunshot, which could have been a warning shot or an actual kill. Alaskans are allowed to kill wildlife on their property. Many species wander away from protected Denali National Park boundaries and are at risk.
    Julie

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