CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) __ The Missouri Department of Conservation has started research on black bears in southeast Missouri.

The department says the study will provide information about such things as the bears’ movement patterns, population, habitat preferences and overall numbers.

Conservation officials began a similar study last year in southwestern Missouri with the University of Missouri-Columbia and Mississippi State University.

The department said Wednesday the research will involve trapping and tranquilizing the bears to allow biologists to take measurements and samples. The bears will also be radio-collared
with GPS monitors so biologists can track their movements.

Landowners in southeastern Missouri and the Ozarks who have seen bears on their property are being encouraged to contact the Conservation Department for possible participation in the study.

Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press 


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