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Collaborative Brown Bear Field Work in Alaska


Dave Gustine takes a hair and blood sample from a brown bear near Karluk Lake on Kodiak Island, June 2014 (B. Leacock, USFWS) As part of a cooperative project with the National Park Service (NPS) to establish baselines on the demography, landscape use, and nutritional and disease ecology of brown bears, as well as evaluate the potential effects of anthropogenic developments on bears and their habitats in Alaska, Alaska Science Center researchers Dave Gustine, Andy Ramey, and several colleagues from the NPS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are starting their second year of field work in Katmai, Lake Clark, and Gates of the Arctic National Parks and Preserves as well as Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge. The research team is hoping to capture, sample, and collar up to 90 brown bears from May 18-June 10 and will be based out of Port Alsworth, Bettles and Karluk Lake on Kodiak Island. This large project supports four PhD students and a MS student.

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