While black bears used to be rare in Wisconsin, that’s not the case today. The state boasts a population of 30,000 bears, largely concentrated in the Northern part of the state. Many are heading south these days, in search of new territory and food sources.
Professor Tim Van Deelen and graduate student Karl Malcolm, both in the forest and wildlife ecology department, are monitoring that migration. Their work was recently described in an NBC news story that aired in Minneapolis – St. Paul.
The story links to a YouTube video that’s worth watching. In it, Malcolm takes viewers inside a black bear den and teaches them about hibernation, bear survival strategies and the mother-cub relationship.