With bear season about to commence, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is asking hunters to not shoot bears with radio collars. There are about 35 radio collared bears in the northwest area of the state. “Hunters near these areas should be especially vigilant for these valuable research bears,” said Dave Garshelis, bear research biologist for the DNR in Grand Rapids, Minn. “These animals provide long-term data on reproduction and habitat use that is invaluable for bear management across the state.”
The collars and ear tags might be hard to see. It is legal to shoot the bears, unless a researcher is with the bear and has told the hunter that it is a research bear. There are pictures of some of the collared bears available at mndnr.gov/bear . From GrandForksHerald.com .