Skip to main content

Know where bears sleep? The DNR would like to hear from you

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

If you're out hunting in northern Minnesota and happen to stumble upon a bear den, don't panic – call the DNR.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters and others who go out this fall to contact them and report bear den locations for research purposes, according to a news release.

Researchers aiming to "jump-start" a summer 2016 study on bear movements hope the information allows them to find and put tracking collars on the animals "in and around" the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids.

They're also interested in hearing about dens "within an hour’s drive of Bemidji."

Specifically, they're looking for occupied bear dens.

Finding bears in the fall would "allow us to get a whole year of movement data, which we can’t do with bears that we catch and collar in mid-summer (2016)," DNR bear project leader Dave Garshelis said in the release.

There's more to the study than just taking notes on the places bears like to hang around in the warmer months; the agency says they are trying to see how bears are "may have responded to changes in the forest since the 1980s."

"It appears that the age and composition of trees on the national forest has changed significantly during the past 30 years," Garshelis said, adding that, as a result, there have been "changes in food supplies for bears."

As such, the DNR wants to discover how the bears have adapted.

Though they've tracked the animals with collars in the past, the agency is now aided by "next generation" collars that transmit bears' locations "via satellite to the researchers." Previously, keeping an eye on them took a weekly airplane trip.

Anyone who finds a den is asked to call Dave Garshelis at 218-327-4146 or 218-328-5172.

"Bear research provides a better understanding of factors that cause populations to change, and in this way enables the DNR to better manage and conserve this species," the release says.

Next Up

Dean Evason

Tempers flare as Wild hammer Canadiens

Montreal was anything but polite after the Wild picked up an 8-2 victory.

Blaine VFW video screengrab crop N West Twitter

Authorities now looking into MN lawmaker's report of assault

Video shows Rep. Nolan West being grabbed and pushed out of a public event.

TajPharmaImages WIkimedia Commons ivermectin

COVID treatments: Essentia Health to help test 3 existing meds

The clinical trial includes the much-discussed drug ivermectin.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 3.48.57 PM

Suspect crashes into Minneapolis snow plow, fires shots at plow driver

The plow driver was pulled to the side of the road when the incident happened.

cold Minneapolis

Coldest day of the winter is possible this week in Minnesota

An air temp of -30F isn't out of the question too far from the metro.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

District fires school counselor accused of sexually assaulting student

He's been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct.

Moorhead family

Authorities pinpoint source of CO that killed family of 7

The victims, all members of Hernandez-Pinto family, were found dead in a Moorhead home.

polymet mining

Court issues mixed ruling on PolyMet, orders more analysis on water permit

The court, however, overruled several challenges to the permit.

SPPD Kua person of interest 01-24-2022

Police release images of woman driving stolen Audi that had puppy inside

It's not clear whether she was involved in the vehicle theft.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Fatal hit-and-run driver can avoid prison time with plea deal

He was charged with striking and killing a 56-year-old who was walking her dog.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 11.21.49 AM

Alex Rodriguez: 'I'm not a Packers fan'

He was at Lambeau screaming "Cheese!" and "Let's go!" during the playoff game against the 49ers.

Related

DNR: Please don't shoot research bears

Bear hunting season starts Sept 1.