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Status and distribution of black bears in east-central and northeastern Oklahoma

Winter black bear den work: OSU cub from SE Oklahoma!


July 2010 - June 2016


There are indications to suggest that populations of black bears are increasing and expanding in east-central and northeastern Oklahoma. Our objectives are to assess the status and distribution of black bears in east-central and northeastern Oklahoma, which will permit appropriate management of this growing resource. Black bear currently can be hunted in 4 counties in southestern Oklahoma; insight on the staus of black bear elsewhere may permit incrasing hunting opportunities.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



  • David LesliePrincipal Investigator
  • Sara LydaStaff
  • Sue FairbanksCo-Principal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey