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New black bear research begins in New York

From the New York Dept of Environmental Conservation

-- Black bear research projects in south central New York have been created to estimate bear population density using a genetic (DNA) identification technique. The research also seeks better understanding of bear movements and habitat selection in core bear ranges and fringe areas which bears have recently begun to inhabit.

The project was initiated by the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit located at Cornell University.

The research will help DEC better anticipate and manage changes to bear population size and geographic distribution in the south central area of the state.

The projects are in the early stages of development, but brief descriptions are available on page three in the December issue of the Coop Unit's newsletter NY Coop News.


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