Bears bearing collars bear burden beyond bearkind

research bear

Do not shoot a bear wearing this kind of collar. If you are bear with this collar, know that your success ensures the death of many, many bears. You may crave the release from this burden that death would bring, but the DNR would prefer it remain unavailable to you.

With fall comes the annual DNR request for hunters not to shoot their research bears. The research bears wear  reflective collars and distinctive yellow ear tags. These bears help researchers understand the movements, actions and reproduction of bears, so that they can recommend shooting more or fewer of them the following year.

Kind of a bitter salvation for a collared bear.

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