Summary of the Osoon video http://etv.err.ee/arhiiv.php?id=126546
Vladimir Korzhets: everything is tracks, the being of the world shows itself by tracks. Look at nuclear physics: neutrons and protons cannot be touched, only their tracks. Or for instance bears …Let’s go and see if there are any real bears [Hmm, he might have been talking to the Backyard Potterer]
Bear video (reporter; Bert Rähni from Alutaguse bear grounds; Peeter Anijalg, bear researcher): Still thick snow, best time to see bear tracks. Bert Rähni: tracks get larger in spring sun – elk tracks can be mistaken for bear. Peeter Anijalg, Eurasian bear genetics researcher: Estonian (and Finnish) bears are similar to Slovak bears, probably bears retreated there during the Ice Age; as ice melted they reached Estonia again 11000 years ago.
The Alutaguse bears ”saved” the whole Estonian bear population. 700 bears now, 100 years ago only 20-30, in Alutaguse + one more location. Researchers "meet" bears mostly in lab and computer. Hunters must send samples from shot bears to labs. No fresh bear prints here, but trees clawed 3-4 m up by bear as territory mark. Looked for hairs: Peeter might manage to extract DNA from it (6 min video run)
Bear was roused in mid-February, then went to sleep again; has been around again for a week. Male bears wake first. Females wake much later. Hungry, grumpy bears now go in search of food, preferably meat, so best avoid meeting bears now. No fresh tracks going out from this forest area now. Searched instead for the bear’s winter den. Foresters had marked the path. No cave, more like large bird nest, seemed small for a bear with 15-16 cm paw prints. Branches as ”mattress”. Very similar to wild boar nest, but bears usually have a higher bordering ”wall”. (9 min). Whose den is best checked by whose hairs in nest bottom. DNA analysis might be possible; one of few hair samples that have arrived in lab from live – not shot - animal: “lucky” bear. - Food was spread on feeding grounds at camera place. At least 7 different bears visited the Alutaguse observation grounds last year; this bear fits description of smaller of the two big ones last year.
PS. Jälg, jäljed, jälgi - track, tracks, (foot)print