NJ Biologists Use GPS Collars to Track Bears

A new tracking device is helping biologists gather data on the habitat and activities of nuisance bears after they are released.

As the controversial six-day bear hunt gets underway, a new tracking device used by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife is helping biologists gather data on the habitat and activities of nuisance bears after they are released.

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Biologists are using satellite GPS collars to track bears in the state that have come in contact with residents, replacing the radio transmitters that had previously been used. The GPS devices allow for more up-to-date tracking information in an efficient manner. Scientists are using the data to determine where the bears go after they are released. Environmental Reporter Ed Rodgers files this report for NJToday.