bears are "smarter"
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John Jensen
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Locale: Orange County, CA
bears are "smarter" on 06/20/2012 07:20:35 MDT Print View

I found this Scientific American article kind of strange. Fine that they are intelligence testing bears, but odd that they are starting so low:

The Average Bear Is Smarter Than You Thought

We all knew bears could count, right?

Clayton Mauritzen
(GlacierRambler) - F - M

Locale: NW Montana
Re: bears are "smarter" on 06/20/2012 09:21:13 MDT Print View

So more surface area is better than pure numbers alone. That should make most Americans feel at ease! And that's just black bears--how smart are griz?

Seriously though, this might explain why the incidence of violent bear encounters drops significantly with groups of 4 or more.