Bear brains and bear noises are so sensitive to odors that that their perception of their surroundings is totally unlike humans.

Story on bear brains by Michael Jamison. Missoulian (mirrored in the Casper Star Tribune).

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

One Response to Getting inside bears' brains

  1. avatar Eric says:

    Fascinating. I wonder how much the bears’ sense of smell factors into a confrontation with us. I guess there’s not much we can do regarding what we smell like to a bear when confronted. I know I’d be scared. But I’d certainly be looking away and moving away slowly.

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