How to Count Grizzlies
In addition to hair snags, sampling at existing rub trees is going to be especially important in the Cabinet-Yaak study, Kendall says.Biologists have been radio-collaring five or so bears annually for the past 28 years and those animals may be skittish of the snags. “There’s a big avoidance issue with the hair traps—bears previously handled are less likely to go into them. So rub trees are going to be really important to help get a precise count.”
Come June, 70 summer employees will be traversing the mountainous terrain of the Cabinet-Yaak, lugging five-liter containers of the blood lure to bait traps, and tacking barbed wire to natural rubs. “It’s a huge, huge effort,” says Kendall. And one that could prove hugely beneficial to the grizzly’s recovery.
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