Saturday, October 24, 2009

It's official: National park bears prefer minivans

In case you didn't get your fill of bear news yesterday, here's another item we ran across today.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Stewart Breck, a research biologist with the National Wildlife Research Center has co-authored a study on the vehicle preferences of black bears that inhabit the Yosemite National Park.

The study, with the catchy title, "Selective Foraging for Anthropogenic Resources by Black Bears: Minivans in Yosemite National Park," was published in the October issue of Journal of Mammalogy.
"They target minivans," said Breck. "They will pop open windows, peel open a door, rip out back seats. They can do a lot of damage.
"Minivans were the first or second preference every year, accounting for 26 percent of all the break-ins. That's despite the fact that they make up only 7 percent of the vehicles parked in Yosemite Valley."
You've been warned!

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