BEACON in the News: (How) does a bear walk in the woods?

Researcher Katie Shine sets up equipment for a study of black bear locomotion at the Oregon Zoo. (Photo by Michael Durham, courtesy of the Oregon Zoo)

This week BEACON grad student Katie Shine and her PhD advisor Craig McGowan at the University of Idaho are getting a lot of news coverage for their research investigating bear locomotion using live bears from Washington State University (grizzlies) and the Oregon Zoo (black bears)!

Oregon Zoo black bears help out with walking study
“The Oregon Zoo’s black bears Cubby and Takoda recently offered up their paws for the sake of science.”
The Oregonian/April 4/Laura Frazier

The Bear Necessities Of Walking
“Flat-foots are far less studied than their tiptoe counterparts, and scientists … recently traveled to the Oregon Zoo, where keepers helped them lead black bears Takoda and Cubby through the same walking trial.”
1190 KEX News Radio/March 30
This article was originally on Fox12Oregon KPTV and picked up by other Fox affiliates around the country, including Fox 5 Vegas; KITV (Honolulu); KBZK (Bozeman, MT); KRTV (Great Falls, MT); and KXLH (Helena, MT).


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