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Kentucky research tracks habits of black bears


As part of research concerning black bears, Daniel Boone National Forest biologists chipped bear cubs for future tracking purposes. The microchips will provide data about habitat use, population trends and health conditions.

Daniel Boone National Forest biologists are assisting state wildlife officials with black bear den surveys on national forest lands.

The prospective mother bears were radio-collared last fall and tracked to potential den locations. In February, biologists revisited the dens to determine reproductive success. Each bear cub received a microchip for future tracking purposes, which will also provide data concerning black bear habitat use, population trends and overall health conditions.