CASPER, Wyo. — Biologists with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Lander Region Office recently dug into a black bear den to remove a failed radio collar from an adult female bear.
“In late March, large carnivore section biologists Ryan Kindermann, Zach Gregory, and Dan Bjornlie took advantage of the denning period to remove a failed radio collar on a black bear in the Sierra Madres mountain range of southern Wyoming,” Game and Fish said on Thursday, April 2. “This bear, an adult female, was collared in 2017 as part of black bear population monitoring work. The re-collaring effort included a 10+ mile snowmobile ride and a two mile long snowshoe to the den location.”
Game and Fish say the biologist were able to locate the den because a VHF signal on the collar was still functioning.
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“Following a clearing of the den entrance, the bear was drugged, and the collar removed; all while the bear remained curled up in her den with her two newborn cubs,” the department adds. “Data from this collar and collars on other black bears in the Sierra Madres helped inform Game and Fish efforts to estimate population abundance and density in the area and evaluate current management strategies for last fall’s black bear season setting.”
The department adds that field personnel are still working, but that they are practicing social distancing precautions amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak whenever possible.
This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.