MO To Study Black Bear Population

1 decade 3 years 1 month ago Thursday, June 14 2007 Jun 14, 2007 Thursday, June 14, 2007 2:20:33 PM CDT June 14, 2007 in News
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COLUMBIA (AP) - University of Missouri researchers have decided to study how many black bears are currently living in the state. The bears used to roam in large numbers across Missouri in the 1800s, before dwindling to just a few. Ultimately, the Missouri Department of Conservation will use the results to help manage the bear population. Dave Hamilton, a wildlife research biologist, estimates about 300 black bears live in the state, most along the Arkansas border. Next week, researchers will place "hair snares" in southern Missouri in areas where bears have been sighted. The hope is the bears will leave some hair samples on the snares. DNA from the hair would be used to estimate the number of bears, the ratio of males to females, where bears are migrating and whether they are reproducing.

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