We provide the wild animals in care at PAWS with items that encourage them to express their natural behaviors. Since bears spend much time in the wild pulling apart rotting logs to get at the insects hiding within, we place logs in our bear cages to allow our patients to practice this essential skill. The staff hides mealworms and other treats within the logs to further encourage this natural foraging behavior. As the young bear in this video clip discovered, clawing at logs creates dust and small wood particles that can be a little irritating to the eyes.
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