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Bear with collar question

Doesn't look like a tracking collar, but more dog collar
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 07-13-2019, 11:07 AM
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It's a GPS collar. The GPS collars track bear movements by relaying hourly data of the collared bears. Someone's doing a research study. Maybe Penn State??? In conjunction with the GC??? The GC will micro chip bears but I've never known them to use this type of GPS collar. The collar can also be remotely removed from the bear, and then researchers simply walk in and pick them up.
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It looks like a typical bear collar to me. They collar bears for a number of reasons. There were and possibly still are bears being collared to track how far they are traveling in and around metropolitan areas of the state. There are also a number of sows collared so they can locate the dens in the winter to tag the cubs and also in case they need a sow to introduce orphaned cubs with.

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I've had collared bears hanging around my place for many years now. The old collared sow hanging around had 4 cubs this year.
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It looks like a typical bear collar to me. They collar bears for a number of reasons. There were and possibly still are bears being collared to track how far they are traveling in and around metropolitan areas of the state. There are also a number of sows collared so they can locate the dens in the winter to tag the cubs and also in case they need a sow to introduce orphaned cubs with.

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Does the GC use those collars, RSB? I've only ever seen research teams use them, and have only seen the GC ear tag, and microchip.
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It is hard to tell in the picture but it looks very much like the collars the PGC provided and I and other WCOs put on bears for research purposes.

The fact that we can't see ear tags on the bear though makes it somewhat uncertain.

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I hate seeing this junk jewelry on wild animals. Seems to me we have tagged, micro chipped and collard enough Pa bears to learn all there is to know and then some. You gotta move them, I understand that...........kinda. There was just a bear trapped and moved form down the road from me. The lady told the GW it charged her. No it didn't. It was running for the woods and went right by her. People move out into bear country and then get mad when their bird feeders are raided or their trash is knocked all over. Its bear country, you don't like it? Move back to town.

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It's a GPS collar. The GPS collars track bear movements by relaying hourly data of the collared bears. Someone's doing a research study. Maybe Penn State??? In conjunction with the GC??? The GC will micro chip bears but I've never known them to use this type of GPS collar. The collar can also be remotely removed from the bear, and then researchers simply walk in and pick them up.
That's a typical collar that we use on bears for research.
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Thanks guys. I've been privy to a few bears being processed and relocated but have never seen them collared. Thanks for the education.
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Seems to me we have tagged, micro chipped and collard enough Pa bears to learn all there is to know and then some. You gotta move them, I understand that...........kinda. \
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Agreed. Bears are perhaps the most over studied animals in the state. Plus mandatory physical checking of every animal.
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