Video recorded by Ahto Täpsi
Brown bear Pruunkaru Ursus arctos
In autumn there is enough eatable for brown bears to fatten up properly for the winter. Thus the otherwise nocturnal animals now move around more often in daylight too. They sometimes even stop at good feeding places, otherwise some kilometres are enough for a day trip unless they are disturbed. On walking the velocity of a bear is similar to calm human walking speed, trotting is likewise comparable to the trot of a human, but on running the speed in a forest may reach from some tens of kilometres up to fifty kilometres per hour.
On walking a brown bear does not like to wet its paws and so rows of tracks are visible at the verges of puddles. In some grain fields bears find unharvested grain, in bogs ripe cranberries of which a part is excreted whole. Abandoned apple orchards are worth visiting; a couple of days on a diet of apples shows quite different bear ”turds”. You can see it all in the video…