Study

Evaluation of an aversive conditioning technique used on female grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem

  • Published source details Gillin C.M., Hammond F.M. & Peterson C.M. (1994) Evaluation of an aversive conditioning technique used on female grizzly bears in the Yellowstone ecosystem. Bears: Their Biology and Management, 9, 503-512.

Actions

This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Use non-lethal methods to deter carnivores from attacking humans

Action Link
Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Use non-lethal methods to deter carnivores from attacking humans

    A study in 1986–1989 at seven sites in two national parks dominated by temperate forest in Wyoming, USA (Gillin et al. 1994) found that using rubber bullets to scare problem grizzly bears Ursus arctos caused all bears to flee from study sites, at least for short period. Five bears were shot at using rubber bullets, 41 times in total, with 27 hits recorded and bears fled each time. Bears were generally deterred from returning to the study area for 2–4 weeks. However, two bears continued to exhibit nuisance behaviour and repeatedly exploited sources of human food. Rubber bullets were fired at bears that had been seeking human food or foraging close to habitation. Behaviour of each bear was noted before and after firing of bullets, as well as whether the bear fled from an area with a radius of approximately 100 m.

    (Summarised by: Phil Martin)

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