Bears are among the least productive mammals in North America. In theory, a male and female black bear born this year — if they breed as soon as they reach sexual maturity and as often as possible, and if all their offspring survive to do the same — could in the space of ten years have grown to a population of 15 bears assuming none died. Grizzly bears are even less productive: in 10 years, a male a female born today could grow to a population of only eight. By comparison, a pair of white-tailed deer could produce more than 1, descendants in 10 years.
Black Bear Tooth Collection
Black Bear Tooth Collection - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
As the largest land carnivores currently on the planet, polar bears are fearsome predators and the masters of their Artic domain. But do these hulking animals also have a softer side toward each other, or are their mating behaviors just as cold and unforgiving as their frozen habitat? It's not unusual for a male to track and follow a female for many miles, and males may even try to herd a female to isolated areas on the top of islands, in small bays or up on high cliffs, in an attempt to monopolize mating and reduce competition from other mates. However, observational studies suggest these attempts fail more often than not, given that females are frequently seen among groups of competitive males. They also have "guard hairs" on their forelegs that are noticeably longer than those on females. These hairs are probably ornamental, but just what purpose they serve is unclear.
My life in sex: ‘I used to rub myself against my teddy bear – in an innocent way at first’
What about bears made them the choice for partner in this carnal interspecies encounter? How did bears come to be related to women as husbands? What, in particular, was it about embodied interspecies encounters between women and bears that allowed for the queer boundary crossing — between human and animal, between mundane and extraordinary, between drudgery and love — that is at the heart of this genre?
Your reported information allows DEC biologists to better monitor populations, make management decisions, and evaluate the impacts of bear harvests. Reporting your bear harvest is required by law. DEC collects biological data from harvested bears to determine bear condition, sex and age. Part of this effort includes the collection of a small tooth premolar located behind the larger canines which is used to determine the age of the bear.