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Wonderful world of bears: MPG Ranch releases latest video on black bears

April 16, 2018View for printing

Baby bears buzz like a hive of bees when they are nursing.

"It's the weirdest thing," said MPG Ranch biologist Kylie Paul. "It actually sort of sounds like they're humming. Then they stop and they breathe and then the sound starts all over again. I've never heard anything quite like it."

And that's saying something when you're talking to a biologist who has spent countless hours out in the woods observing all sorts of different critters.

Paul is a member of the MPG Ranch's team that documents the lives of the black bears that call the sweeping 16,400-acre ranch east of Florence home. The team uses video captured on about 200 strategically placed trail cameras.

The ranch released its fourth bear video recently. It's filled with surprising footage of bears being bears seemingly without a worry in the world. It can be viewed at

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MPG Ranch promotes conservation through restoration, research, education and information sharing.

Our researchers specialize in restoration and ecology. We seek new ways to understand and restore lands affected by invasive weeds, herbicide use, and other management practices that create disturbances. MPG works closely with local conservation groups and researchers to offer educational opportunities to students of all ages.
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