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.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.
That's a typical collar that we use on bears for research.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.
Agreed. Bears are perhaps the most over studied animals in the state. Plus mandatory physical checking of every animal.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 are a number of reasons besides research when collars are used on bears. We always tried to keep a number of female bears on each of the two year breeding cycle collared so we could find bears with cubs. That was important for two reasons. One reason was to tag bears so good population estimates could be maintained. The other reason was because every year there are a number of orphaned cubs that come into the hands of the WCOs. That abandonment can be anything from den disturbances that cause sows to abandon their cubs to sows hit and killed on the highways. Because there are a number of collared sows in the various areas of the state they are able to introduce those abandoned cubs to a new mother. The other option would be t put the cubs down or simply let them die when their mother is lost. That would not be a popular practice so having collared sows is a benefit to the resource.Agreed. Bears are perhaps the most over studied animals in the state. Plus mandatory physical checking of every animal.
I wonder how we would defend other populations estimates for the rest of the hunted game animals that do not have mandatory checking?I doubt the Judge that allowed the reopening of bear season thought that bears were over researched! on what knowledge do you base your opinion?