- Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
Media Contact for Report sightings of young bears
Marion Larson, MassWildlife
For an ongoing research project involving tracking black bears in central and eastern Massachusetts, MassWildlife is asking residents from communities in eastern Massachusetts to report current sightings of black bears with cubs. MassWildlife's black bear research project involves capturing, immobilizing, and fitting tracking collars on sows (female bears). In order to find bears for this project, biologists need to know where sows with cubs have been observed this spring. This is a good opportunity for interested citizens to contribute to wildlife conservation science! If you see a black bear with cubs in eastern Massachusetts, email Mass.Wildlife@mass.gov with the sighting date and a detailed description of the bear's location, with your name and contact information. A MassWildlife biologist will connect with you for more details. To gain a better understanding of bear movements and population demographics in eastern Massachusetts, MassWildlife only needs information on sows with young bears from locations in eastern Worcester County, Middlesex County, or anywhere around the I-495 corridor. Biologists know that bear densities are increasing in central Massachusetts and the bear range has expanded to the east of I-495. Currently, MassWildlife biologists are in the field monitoring, capturing and tagging black bears but more collared bears are needed for this project.
By collaring sows, biologists learn about their survival and reproductive rates. Tracking collars, which record a location every 45 minutes, provide biologists with important information about black bear habitat use and movements, and how bears are moving into and raising their young in increasingly human-dominated landscapes.