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Noninvasive methods for monitoring bear population trends

Fact Sheet 2010-3054

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Abstract

The U.S. Geological Survey began a grizzly bear research project in 2009 in the Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) of northwestern Montana. This work uses hair collection and DNA analysis methods similar to those used in the 2004 Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project. However, instead of producing a snapshot of population size, the objectives of this new work are to estimate population growth rates by collecting hair at natural bear rubs along trails, roads, and fence and power lines. This approach holds promise of providing reliable estimates of population trends in an efficient, cost-effective, and unobtrusive way.

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Publication type:
Report
Publication Subtype:
USGS Numbered Series
Title:
Noninvasive methods for monitoring bear population trends
Series title:
Fact Sheet
Series number:
2010-3054
Edition:
-
Year Published:
2010
Language:
ENGLISH
Publisher:
U.S. Geological Survey
Contributing office(s):
Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center
Description:
2 p.
Time Range Start:
2009-05-15
Time Range End:
2012-12-31
Online Only (Y/N):
N
Additional Online Files(Y/N):
N