WSU-Ecological Studies

In a study titled Assisting the Public in Understanding the Relationships Between Food Resources and the Characteristics of Bear Populations, Washington State University’s Bear Center has shown why bears that have had access to high-quality foods can’t just switch to lower-quality foods when access is cut-off by human development.

Studies like this challenge assumptions about how species will adapt to changes in their environment and provide important data for evaluating the environmental impacts of proposed building projects.

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