After becoming accustomed to eating food from visitors, the Asian black bears transferred by the national park traveled more than 1,000 miles for six months to return to the park.
Known as Bear 609, the bear originated in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but was relocated due to its “food-regulating behavior,” in which it became accustomed to eating the garbage and food provided by campers. I had to. Reported by KMSP-TV.
After unsuccessful attempts by the parks to keep the bears from becoming accustomed to people, they were forced to move Bear 609 about 45 or 50 miles away to the Cherokee National Forest, where she was placed on a GPS tracker. was installed and released.
Over the next six months, digital tracking data showed that Bear 609 traveled more than 1,000 miles through Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina before eventually returning to the same campground in Tennessee where it was originally captured. showed.
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“She never slowed down,” said wildlife biologist Bill Steiber, who was tracking the bear. told WBIR-TV“She just kept moving. It’s definitely one of the weirdest moves I’ve ever seen.”
After returning to the campsite, Bear 609 went to Georgia and was interviewed by a local TV station while digging in a trash can, stiver said she was hit by a car in Georgia but “she didn’t die”. .
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Bear 609 is now believed to be back in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest, about 20 miles from where it was dropped off before its long journey.
Steiber said about two-thirds of the bears he relocated die within four to five months, making it important to educate people about the importance of not feeding wildlife. increase.
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“Once a bear’s behavior escalates to a certain level, we don’t have much of a choice between relocating it or euthanizing it. We’ve been relocating bears for years,” Stiver said. increase.