Impact of a feeding site for observation purposes on the land use and habitat selection of the black bear in the boreal forest.
Observing wildlife is a popular practice for discovery and research. However, since it is sometimes difficult to see certain species in their natural environment, strategies have been developed to facilitate compliance and increase the success rate. Animals are attracted to observation sites by food left for that purpose by the researchers. However, these practices are controversial because they can have a variety of ecological impacts on wildlife at the level of the individual, the population or even the whole ecosystem. One of the species involved in such enhancement activities is the black bear (Ursus Americanus).