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Handling Bears - Buffalo Zookeeper Vicky Hodge

Jun 4, 2014|

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We've been talking all morning about wildlife sightings next we've have -- in studio guest -- hunch she's eight buffalo zoo. They're keeper. -- -- keeper Vicki and I -- here -- nice and hasn't talked to UN I mean it sounds like you to have the best job in the world beyond their keeper and it's very interesting that you're watching over the zoo's bear collection which just kind of -- right now -- and Colleen the polar bears and and one other yet we have Diana she's a spectacle there and in there. Tell us what a spectacle there is I've never heard of it's bear from South America and it's gets its name and its common names spectacle bear because it has a cream color and -- its face that looks like it's wearing glasses so -- spectacles. -- and and how much does she way. She's only about a 162. On I mean depends on you know the game how much is eaten. But now she's -- -- considered like a full ground. -- fair or not I mean she's completely different species. So she wouldn't be able to agreed with the black bear -- North American actors are very different species they're very similar looking now. To the Blackberry in North America. -- who used to have a collection of black bears and -- call cinnamon there yeah I mean it and chances are gonna come back sometime in the future. Com right now that's not in our master plan arguing stage three and master planning. So I don't know what that Depp -- gonna do when you know with the strategic planning right now we're just finishing off the the second phase which is our polar bear exhibit. So right now that's -- cancer treatment and you don't have a big collection right now because of office yeah yeah we. Over the last few years -- send our prayers to others zoos are as a world older and -- we lost them we just didn't replace them. You know a -- behavior is we're hearing you know about these sightings and in west Seneca and Lancaster. What what do you know about Dan about the hair that you can talents well there's certain. Very intelligent. So that's probably the reason -- get into the trouble that they can continue. There. They really liked to eat pretty much anything down there on a par so anything is -- food to them. And so that. You need to look for food is what it's -- trouble. But because of their their intelligence. They're no match for us think they tend to be pretty Smart and -- -- -- -- anything that's that's a food source. Now in most cases in London and I know this to be true. Most black bear even a full grown black mayor of the spot a human being they'll run the other way yeah but there are. Circumstances where the opposite might happen what should a person do if that happens. Well you know normally what you -- and you don't know if you're seeing black bear is either. You know go back in your house and away from it -- you know appear in it where you need to scare off if you want to make a lot of noise you know clap your hands -- handsome -- you can. But what you want India has maximized. So that they know that you're there and you want to you know. Push them away from from that year home. What do you think of when you hear about these sightings. Well I think. One thing I think it's great because that means the bear population is doing -- that now that we're seeing him places that they are normally so that's a good thing. But what I really think you know most of heart just it's -- outlook for food and the -- are being you know pushed how it's to new territories. And so usually as -- as we don't. Feet out and cause them to be nuisance bears and I don't find -- in these places they don't want me around peoples and it just gonna move on and -- you know plays it's more wilderness -- so he's if we just let him be and they should hopefully in about four and. Ever got into a situation or are you aware of situations where. An animal like a black they are just won't go away what do you do them is up to time for the DC to command. That's absolutely it time for the DEC to take over when they when they become what they colonies in spirit at point. They usually have a system you know if a bear gets in trouble once. Built and they have to do something -- that thing. They keep track of those bears and I am a strict system and it depends on how bad the situation as you know what they have to do with the relocate them. And you know and obviously the last last possibilities euthanize them -- and that's obviously something we don't want to happens share. How close can you get to -- even at the -- You know we know we can get close to them out we always work with our prayers and we all protected contacts and that always means that there's fires between us. So even -- there's familiarity with humans you know we keep the bars between us and that their safety for them and for us. I think sometimes at the banners because they're in the -- and if so used to people aren't there probably have a tendency means more dangerous and payers in the wild. This bears and I'll don't know human is something that the ligament you know that they don't know what it is so it just try to stay away from Iran via it's that fascinating. We've learned a lot Vicky thank you for coming -- you -- welcome it's Vicky Hodge she's the buffalo zoo's bear keeper.

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