It's hard to monitor polar bears in the wild. They live in remote, hard-to-access places. They're also big and bitey.
So researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey decided to kick off a new polar bear-monitoring program in an easier place than the Arctic: the Oregon Zoo.
Tasul is a resident of the zoo and she's a lot easier to get to than her kin in the wild. She's wearing an accelerometer-equipped collar for short periods of time each day while a researcher videotapes her. Data collected from the accelerometer is matched to the video, creating a database of polar bear movements.… Read more