Post by Ursus arctos on Apr 4, 2013 16:10:09 GMT -9
Info from: Aichun, X., Zhigang, J., Chunwang, L., Jixun, G., Guosheng, W., Ping, C., 2006. Summer food habits of brown bears in Kekexili Nature Reserve, Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, China. Ursus 17, 132-137.
Pikas in KNR appeared relatively stable and consis- tently available to bears, but wild yak and Tibetan wild ass were less predictable prey items. In the transect surveys we found 2 carcasses of wild yak. One had been consumed, with almost no meat remaining on the skeleton; the other was relatively fresh. Around the carcasses, we found fresh bear tracks and feces. We documented a similar instance involving a Tibetan wild ass carcass. Neither we nor the managers of KNR observed bears preying actively on ungulates in Kekexili. We believe that brown bears scavenged the carcasses of large ungulates.