Selection of ants by the American black bear ( Ursus americanus )

@inproceedings{Auger2004SelectionOA,
  title={Selection of ants by the American black bear ( Ursus americanus )},
  author={Janene Auger and Gary L. Ogborn and Clyde L. Pritchett and Hal L. Black},
  year={2004}
}
—We examined selection of ants as food by black bears (Ursus americanus) in Utah by comparing the genera of ants we sampled from study plots in 5 vegetation types with those found in bear scats. In the plots we found 641 ant colonies representing 18 genera. Five genera comprised 85% of all colonies sampled: Formica, Lasius, Camponotus, Tapinoma, and Myrmica. Thirteen genera were found in scats, but 99% were composed of the same 5 listed above. Limited utilization of some ant genera by black… CONTINUE READING

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