2017-11-02 / Outdoors

DNR needs help finding bear dens

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is asking hunters and trappers in the northern Lower Peninsula to report locations of denned bears.

The request is part of an effort to fit the bears with radio collars for an ongoing bear management program.

After locating a denned bear, DNR biologists will determine if the animal is a good candidate for a radio collar. Selected bears will be sedated by a wildlife biologist and fitted with collars and ear tags. A small nonfunctional tooth will be collected to determine each bear’s age and to provide a DNA sample. Upon completion of the procedure, biologists will return the bear to its den, where it will sleep through the remainder of the winter months.

Those who encounter dens are asked to record the location with a GPS unit if possible and contact Mark Boersen at 989- 275-5151 or boersenm@michigan.gov with specific information.

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