Entertaining bear video raising awareness

An Internet video is teaching hundreds of thousands of people around the world that back-scratching is one of the bear necessities for grizzlies in the foothills of Alberta.

CALGARY — An Internet video is teaching hundreds of thousands of people around the world that back-scratching is one of the bear necessities for grizzlies in the foothills of Alberta.

Taken over a three-day period and posted to YouTube by Alberta Parks conservation officer in late July, the flick, titled What goes on when you are not there, shows a variety of wildlife captured by motion-sensor cameras as they visit what’s known as a “communications” or “rub” tree.

As of Tuesday, the video had more than 1,462,000 views and had been featured on Good Morning America and the ABC Nightly News and even the Colbert Report.

There are several different animals in the video, but the grizzlies are the stars, rubbing up against the tree, at one point, four at a time. Set to folksy music, they appear to be dancing.

“Kananaskis Country is one of the few places that does have a healthy grizzly bear population and these rub trees are very important in their social structure. They aren’t scratching an itch, it’s all about scent,” said Glenn Naylor, who put the video together.

“Every bear that goes to those trees leaves a mark and rubs its scent on the tree. Over time, these trees become destination points for bears so if you can find them you know you’re going to get bears showing up there.”

Using video editing software, Naylor put the thousands of images together and then got permission from Toronto guitarist Ewan Dobson to use his music in the background.

“I was very pleased. It turned out to be very entertaining,” said Naylor. “The bottom line is it’s getting giving Alberta Parks, Kananaskis Country and our research into bears a huge profile. There’s a lot of spinoffs to this now. It is raising awareness.”

Comedian Stephen Colbert had fun with it on his satirical show.

“I’ve said it before folks, but I’m anti-bear,” he deadpanned, with stripper music playing in the background over the video.

“And that brings me to the No. 1 threat to America — stripper bears. Folks, these Godless torquing machines are turning our forests into their very own episode of Griz gone wild.

“Who can resist these hot stripper bears? They’re topless and bottomless though they really should consider waxing.”

Naylor said he has done another video involving cougars on a kill and there is another one on the way.

“It’s called Rabbit With a Death Wish,” he said. “I’ve already got the images.”

Just Posted

Springbrook Skate Park gets financial boost

Province approves $125,000 grant for proposed skate park

ReThink Red Deer gets thumbs up from city on pollinator barn structure

Group is hoping to get a $40,000 building grant

Driver who backed into Red Deer pizzeria sentenced

David Andrew Amstutz sentenced for failing to remain at the crash scene

Team Alberta athletes arrive in Red Deer on Saturday for pre-games orientation

Excitement is building with less than a month to go, says Team Alberta spokesperson

UPDATED: STARS Lottery is back

Lacombe STARS patient tells his story

Fashion Fridays: Inspirational gym outfits

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Olympian snowboarder Max Parrot diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Each year in Canada, approximately 900 people are diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma

‘Prince of Pot’ Marc Emery accused of sexual assault, harassment

Emery denied the allegations, but a Toronto woman says she is not the only one speaking out

Asteroids are smacking Earth twice as often as before

The team counted 29 craters that were no older than 290 million years

Canada’s arrest of Huawei exec an act of ‘backstabbing,’ Chinese ambassador says

China has called Canada’s arrest of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou ‘politically motivated’

In limbo: Leftover embryos challenge clinics, couples

Some are outright abandoned by people who quit paying storage fees and other couples struggle with tough decisions

Netflix rejects request to remove Lac-Megantic images from ‘Bird Box’

At least two shows on Netflix’s Canadian platform briefly use actual footage of the 2013 tragedy

Teen vaping is an epidemic: US government

E-cigarettes are now the top high-risk substance used by teenagers, outpacing cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana

‘I never said there was no collusion,’ Trump lawyer says

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani says he has ‘never said there was no collusion’

Most Read