Minnesota DNR tracking bear movementsThief River Falls, MN (WDAY TV) - Crews with the Minnesota DNR added a little excitement to their job today, even a little danger.
By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY
They attached a GPS system to a bear that was trapped near Thief River Falls. This is the second bear this year they've trapped. The DNR tranquilized the bear then did a number of tests, tagged him and then put a GPS collar on him. This will allow the DNR to track the movement on an hourly basis. And study the growing bear population in North Western Minnnesota.
Karen Noyce – DNR Biologist: “The population in the state has been expanding from the core what you think of as typical bear habitat. That has been expanding for the last 30 years.”
This particular bear was a young male that weighed about 180 pounds. The first bear that was trapped on this land was 380 pound.