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Reevaluation of the status of black bears in southeastern Oklahoma

Winter den work by Black Bear Ladies; record year for triplets in SE Oklahoma, March 2015


January 2014 - June 2018


Fifteen years ago, we studied the ecology of recolonizing black bears in southeastern Oklahoma. The current effort is designed to reevluate the population's status relative to the initiation of a black bear hunting season, 5 years ago. Result will assist in the ongoing management of black bears in Oklahoma.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 238

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 54

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 673

Scientific Publications: 1905

Presentations: 4236



  • David LeslieCo-Principal Investigator
  • Sue FairbanksPrincipal Investigator

Funding Agencies

  • Oklahoma Department of WIldlife Conservation


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey