Assistance needed from successful bear hunters

Published 2:42 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2003

By Staff
State Conservation officials today announced they are seeking participation from successful Lower Peninsula bear hunters the help the DNR evaluate the size of Michigan's bear population.
Wildlife biologists ask successful bear hunters to submit small amount of hair and tissue samples from harvested bears. Newly collected hair and tissue will be compared to more than 1,000 hair samples gathered from baited hair snares across the northern Lower Peninsula earlier this summer.
Researchers use the bear's own genetic "fingerprint" to identify individual bears. It is the same DNA-based techniques used with humans to identify crime suspects.
The DNR uses population models to estimate bear numbers and is evaluating a new method for estimating the size of the northern Lower Peninsula black bear population.
Bear check stations will have all of the instructions and equipment needed to collect the muscle tissue and hair follicle samples. Tissue and hair collection will not interfere with any potential taxidermy work or meat processing.
This project is a cooperative effort between the DNR Wildlife Division, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University, the U.S. Forest Service, the Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.
The Safari Club International, Michigan Involvement Committee and the Michigan Bear Hunters Association also made financial contributions to this project.
Volunteers needed for
salmon program
State conservation officials today announced they are seeking residents to assist DNR conservation officers in monitoring fall salmon runs on the Manistee River, near Tippy Dam in Manistee County.
The Citizens Assisting in Resource Enforcement program invites anglers and other concerned residents to help deter illegal activity during the peak period of the salmon runs. Formerly known as the Riverwatch program, this popular volunteer opportunity has been expanding throughout Michigan for several years.
CARE program volunteers are asked to attend a brief training session, held immediately prior to the patrols. The scheduled patrol weekends are Sept. 20-21, Sept. 27-28, and Oct. 4-5.
For additional information, or to enroll in the program, contact the DNR Operations Service Center in Cadillac at 231-775-9727.