Bears Affected By UFOs

Posted: Aug 14 2015, 6:57am CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Bears Affected by UFOs
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A new study shows that bears panic when they see UFOs.

People have been reacting in many different ways to UFOs for the last few decades - and some claim for the last few eras. However, many of us would probably start to panic if we actually saw a flying saucer in the sky. We aren't alone in that - researchers have found that bears react in much the same way.

In the study, the bears were shown a "UFO" which was actually an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which the bears are likely to have seen before. Researchers use them to observe animals so that they can better study what they look like in their natural habitat. They have also been used to study endangered species without taking them from their native land.

Researchers thought that they were doing a favor to the animals by using these devices, but that might not be the case anymore.

In a new study from the University of Minnesota, it seems like bears do not live these UAVs at all. In the study, bears who saw the vehicles had a significant increase in their heart rates. The study was done by fitting free roaming black bears with Iridium satellite GPS collars and cardiac bio-loggers, according to Business Standard. The collars collected data every two minutes and recorded as the UAV was flown near the bear.

"Some of the spikes in the heart rate of the bears were far beyond what we expected," said Mark Ditmer, post-doctoral researcher in the university's Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. "We had one bear increase her heart rate by approximately 400 per cent - from 41 beats per minute to 162 beats per minute. Keep in mind this was the strongest response we saw, but it was shocking nonetheless."

At the end of the study, the results were clear: the bears did not like the UAV - even though they only stuck around for about five minutes due to battery constraints. In the 18 trials, only two individuals changed their physical behavior. However, the bio-loggers shows that all of the bears reacted physiologically to them.

"Without the use of the bio-logger, we would have concluded that bears only occasionally respond to UAVs," Ditmer said.

Fortunately, once the UAVs disappeared, the bears covered quickly. Still, it will be a difficult conversation between professionals to see if using the UAV is worth the stress.

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