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Ecology of Urban and Rural Black Bears in Massachusetts

MassWildlife's Dave Fuller preparing to attach a GPS collar to a young black bear.


January 2010 - December 2015


The black bear population in Massachusetts is growing in numbers and expanding its range in the state. Many bears have taken up residence in and around small to mid-sized towns and cities. We are using GPS technology to track and monitor bears as they live among densely population suburban and urban areas as well as more rural locations in central Massachusetts.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 3

Masters Students: 5

Phd Students: 11

Post Docs: 2

University Staff: 1

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 69

Scientific Publications: 35

Presentations: 148



Funding Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife


Massachusetts Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  2. Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. University of Massachusetts
  6. Wildlife Management Institute