publication . Other literature type . Article . 2017

Comparing urban and wildland bear densities with a DNA-based capture-mark-recapture approach

Jonathan L. Fusaro; Mary M. Conner; Michael R. Conover; Timothy J. Taylor; Marc W. Kenyon Jr.; Jamie R. Sherman; Holly B. Ernest;
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  • Published: 01 May 2017
  • Publisher: DigitalCommons@USU
  • Country: United States
Abstract
California’s black bear (Ursus americanus) population has tripled over the last 3 decades, causing an increased incidence of human–bear conflicts, many of which now occur in urban areas. Consequently, it is imperative that bear managers have the ability to monitor population parameters in both wildland and urban environments to help manage bears. Capture-mark-recapture (CMR) methods using uniquely typed genetic samples (DNA) collected via hair-snares have been widely used to monitor bears in wildland areas. However, we are unaware of researchers applying this technique to bears occupying urban areas. We implemented a multi-year DNA-based CMR study to compare bea...
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free text keywords: American black bear, California, DNA-based capture-mark-recapture, hair-snare, population estimate, robust design, urban bear, Ursus americanus, Life Sciences, Environmental sciences, GE1-350, General. Including nature conservation, geographical distribution, QH1-199.5
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publication . Other literature type . Article . 2017

Comparing urban and wildland bear densities with a DNA-based capture-mark-recapture approach

Jonathan L. Fusaro; Mary M. Conner; Michael R. Conover; Timothy J. Taylor; Marc W. Kenyon Jr.; Jamie R. Sherman; Holly B. Ernest;