Studying the Impact of Development on Black Bears

Posted Monday July 24, 2017 by wf_admin

How can we ensure healthy black bear populations in areas undergoing rapid human development? This question faces biologists in many parts of North America. To find an answer, Wildlife Forever supported an investigation into the impact of development on black bears in Vermont. Researchers with the Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife used radio telemetry equipment to monitor black bears, looking for changes in habitat use, movement patterns, reproduction rates, and survival and then compared these changes with human activity in the area. Without Wildlife Forever support, researchers would have had no alternative other than to remove the radio collars from our study animals and shut the investigation down, said James DiStefano, Vermont Black Bear Research Coordinator. Wildlife Forever is a catalyst and mentor for innovative and successful programs that ensure a future for wild animals.