“Researchers kicked off the study in the spring by catching bears using baited culvert traps — large metal containers with a doors that slam shut when a bear goes inside. Captured bears were tranquilized to allow researchers to attach the collars, then released unharmed a short time later.
“The GPS collars are programmed to automatically unclasp and fall off bears after three years, or collars can be unclasped by biologists remotely at any time.
“Funding for the $600,000 study is coming from a decades-old federal tax on firearms and ammunition, a tax that sends money to wildlife research, game projects and hunter education in North Carolina and elsewhere.”
Read the entire article at Citizen-Times: 5 interesting findings from Asheville bear study