Are Bears Really Anti-Social?

Bears are generally thought of as strictly anti-social, solitary animals, but this is not correct. Habitat impediments, such as range size, prevent bears from interacting with each other very often in the wild. When they do meet competition for food or a mate can result in an encounter that is rather hostile. However, when competition for food or a mate is absent, bears have been known to strike up friendly relationships with each other and have even been observed playing together for long periods of time. This play typically takes the form of wrestling matches. Such play behaviour is often interpreted as aggression when it’s just two bears deciding to have some fun.

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It’s true that bears do not live in herds or packs, but they can and do co-exist in close proximity to each other where food sources are plentiful and their numbers high. They will share home ranges with other bears by establishing a social hierarchy based on size, age and disposition. A bear will establish and maintain its place in the hierarchy by posturing or acting aggressively. In most cases these exhibitions of aggression do not escalate to a full-fledged altercation against another individual with the less dominant bear eventually backing down.

The stone structure located in Marineland's Bear Country is quite large and contains many caves and tunnels providing the bears with shade and protection from bad weather.

The stone structure located in Marineland’s Bear Country is quite large and contains many caves and tunnels providing the bears with shade and protection from bad weather.

To go from living solitary to living social shows the ability of the bear to adapt its behaviour based on changes to its environment.

Contrary to popular belief, the solitary bear is not SO solitary.

What’s On The Menu?

Well, anything from herring to hay. Marineland provides wholesome, nutritious and palatable foods to all of our animals under the expert direction of our veterinary staff.

All of our marine mammals are fed restaurant quality herring, capelin and squid. In fact, you could take some home, cook it up and have it for dinner.

fishOur black bears receive a balanced diet of fish, fresh fruits, meats and vegetables. Yum!

Our deer, bison and elk dine only on hay that is of top quality. How much hay? Would you believe 110 bales per day?

For members of our deer family, hay is fed in conjunction with grains such as oats, corn and barley.

 

DIGITAL JOURNAL STATEMENT OF RETRACTION – MARINELAND OF CANADA – KISKA

Marineland is pleased to announce that the Digital Journal has today formally retracted the article it published on July 28, 2014 regarding the health and care of Kiska, Marineland’s killer whale.  The complete text of the retraction appears below:

Digital Journal published an on-line article on July 28, 2014 by Elizabeth Batt, “Killer whale at Marineland appears to be ailing” in which Ms. Batt reported allegations about Kiska, the Killer Whale. Upon further review of the allegations contained in the Article, Digital Journal retracts the Article in its entirety.

The article failed to reference a number of publicly available, independent investigations into Kiska’s health. Specifically, the article failed to mention that Kiska’s health and care has been thoroughly reviewed with the full zoo inspection team of the OSPCA, and experts from CAZA, and that no issues of concern with Kiska’s health were noted. The zoo inspection team of the OSPCA has since inspected Kiska following the allegations in the article as recently as October of this year, and again found no issues of concern with Kiska’s health. Marineland has subsequently communicated to Digital Journal that: (i) Kiska is healthy and well cared for at Marineland, (ii) Kiska lives in the largest pool housing a Killer Whale in the world, (iii) all of the water in Kiska’s pool is filtered and exchanged every three hours through an advanced computerized water filtration system, and (iv) that the water system has been independently reviewed and approved by Stantec, recognized experts in water filtration systems.

Marineland has further communicated to Digital Journal that: (i) Kiska’s health is monitored daily by experienced staff and professionals and that she receives excellent medical care from highly qualified and experienced veterinarians, including expert medical consultants, (ii) Kiska receives a healthy diet of high quality fish and her appetite is healthy, as is her weight, and (iii) Kiska’s teeth are in good condition for her advanced age and she receives a preventative “rinse” daily.

Digital Journal prides itself on its high standards of journalism and regrets that they were not met in this isolated case. Digital Journal apologizes unreservedly to Marineland.

 

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