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Sept 2010 - The study will provide information about the movement patterns, population densities, habitat preferences and overall numbers of Missouri bears.
The first phase of the current study consists of trapping and radio-collaring 13 bears in southwest and south-central Missouri this fall. These bears will be monitored over winter to learn more about denning habits and the time frame of winter denning in Missouri.
In spring of 2011, hair snares at select sites throughout southwest and south-central Missouri will collect data that will help biologists get better estimates of overall population and male/female ratios. In fall 2011, 13 bears will be trapped and radio-collared in southeast Missouri and those bears' denning habits will be monitored over the winter. The field portion of this project finishes in the spring of 2012 with the setting of hair snares in southeast Missouri.
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2011 - Phase 2 of the Missouri Black Bear Study includes the use of hair snares.
Hair collected from these snares will help researchers in their efforts to better determine the black bear population in the state.
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2011 - Video of black bears at "hair snare" research sites in southern Missouri. DNA obtained from hair samples collected will provide data to help understand the biology, ecology and population dynamics of Missouri's growing black-bear population.
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NOTE: The Bear Cam shoots several hours of video and is designed to fall off the bears collar for retrieval. A transmitter on the camera helps researchers locate it.
June 2012 - Wildlife researchers in Missouri are using video cameras attached to wild bears to help them learn more about their habits and behaviors. The bears are outfitted with the cameras after initially being trapped, sedated, radio collared and released during a multi-year bear study.
This video is from cameras attached to two different bears (weights 425 & 125 lbs) captured in south central MO (Shannon & Texas counties).
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Learn about the characteristics of black bears in Missouri.
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Black bears are the most common of the three bear species found in North America and they're expanding their range back into Missouri.
Once native to the state, black bears were virtually wiped-out by the early 1900s, due to over-harvest and habitat destruction.
But successful restoration efforts in Arkansas may now be spilling over into Missouri.
Black bear sightings in southern and central portions of the state in recent years are encouraging signs that the black bear may once again call Missouri home.
Missouri's black bear population, estimated at a few hundred, likely grew out of restoration efforts in Arkansas. Their natural fear of humans keeps most bears out of trouble with humans. Most problems occur when bears learn to associate people with easily-obtained food, such as pet food or garbage.