The Penobscot Black Bear Study is a research program developed by an interdisciplinary group of scientists and practitioners interested in studying black bears on Tribal Lands in Maine. The purpose of the work is to learn about black bear ecology, population dynamics, foraging behavior, and health to help guide black bear conservation and management in Maine and develop solutions for human disease. This summer, we will collect bear hair from free-ranging bears using noninvasive hair traps. DNA from hair will be used to estimate the density of bears in the study area and stable isotopes will be used to estimate their diets. We also hope to begin trapping and collaring bears to record their movements, estimate their home ranges, and understand their habitat use. All work will be conducted on Penobscot tribal lands in collaboration with Dr. Jack Hopkins from Center for Wildlife Studies, Dr. Jake Ferguson from University of Hawaii, and Dr. Ron Korstanje from Jackson Laboratory. Work will run from July–September.
- Works well independently and in small groups
- Self-motivated and hard-working with a positive attitude
- Experience conducting vegetation surveys and classifying habitats/cover types in Maine
- Comfortable navigating safely in the Maine woods
- Valid driver’s license with access to a personal vehicle
- Willingness to camp in a primitive setting with little to no amenities
- Ability to commit to, at least, 2 weeks of work throughout the summer
- First 2 weeks (6/28 - 7 - 12) and final 2 weeks (~ 8/23 - 9/6) are most crucial.