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Consumption of seeds of southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis) by Black Bear (Ursus americanus)

Southwestern Naturalist

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DOI: 10.1894/0038-4909-58.2.243

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Abstract

We report a discovery of black bears (Ursus americanus) consuming seeds of southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis) on north slopes of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff, Arizona, in high-elevation, mixed-species conifer forest. In one instance, a bear had obtained seeds from cones excavated from a larder horde made by a red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Consumption of seeds of southwestern white pine by bears had not been previously documented. This discovery adds to the number of species of pine used by bears for food as well as the geographic range within which the behavior occurs.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Consumption of seeds of southwestern white pine (Pinus strobiformis) by Black Bear (Ursus americanus)
Series title:
Southwestern Naturalist
DOI:
10.1894/0038-4909-58.2.243
Volume
58
Issue:
2
Year Published:
2013
Language:
English
Publisher:
Southwestern Association of Naturalists
Contributing office(s):
Southwest Biological Science Center
Description:
3 p.
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Southwestern Naturalist
First page:
243
Last page:
245
Number of Pages:
3
Country:
United States
State:
Arizona
City:
Flagstaff
Other Geospatial:
San Francisco Peaks