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Scientists Collar Asheville's Black Bears To Study Their Urban Population

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NC State University and the Wildlife Resources Commission are catching bears that live in and around Asheville and tracking them using satellite collars. The five year study began in May and is the first of its kind in the Southeast.

The Wildlife Commission's Brad Howard said the urban bear study will help answer a lot of questions, not only for Asheville, but other developed areas where bears have been spotted lately, including Raleigh.

“We will have a baseline of understanding about how those bears might act,” Howard said. “Different areas, different terrain, different people, different road systems… Lots of things will come into play as to how bears can be managed in different parts of the state, but these basic biological understandings are always important to know.”

So far, Howard said, the bears seem to be thriving in Asheville and many residents enjoy having them around. Interactions are hardly ever violent. Howard says most residents' complaints have been of bears eating their garbage and startling pets.

Rebecca Martinez produces podcasts at WUNC. She’s been at the station since 2013, when she produced Morning Edition and reported for newscasts and radio features. Rebecca also serves on WUNC’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accountability (IDEA) Committee.
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