Cooperative Research Units
Education, Research And Technical Assistance For Managing Our Natural Resources
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About the Montana Wildlife Unit

New York Unit student Mike Wegan, with anesthetized adult black bear captured as part of collaborative eff ort with the U.S. Army’s Fort Drum Military Installation in northern New York and New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation to assess population size, movements, and foraging habitats of bears.

Cooperative Research Units have three facets to their mission: (1) Graduate Education, (2) Research, and (3) Technical Assistance.

Each Unit consists of 2-5 federal scientists and 1-2 administrative specialists. The Unit Leader provides oversight to all Unit activities. Federal scientists hold faculty rank at their home institution, teach courses and workshops for graduate students and cooperators, and conduct research on a wide variety of natural resource topics. Research projects typically support graduate students and post-docs.


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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 2

Masters Students: 9

Phd Students: 9

Post Docs: 0

University Staff: 16

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 6

Scientific Publications: 51

Presentations: 41


Contact Us

Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Missoula, MT 59812-1120 Phone: (406) 243 - 4388 Fax: (406) 243 - 6064 Our University Web Site

Unit Leader

Mike Mitchell

Mike was born on Okinawa and grew up an Air Force brat, living in the Midwest and Southeast. He did his undergraduate work at James Madison University, graduating with a BS in Biology. Afterwards he joined the U.S. Marine Corps where he flew UH-1N Hueys and achieved the rank of Captain. After leaving the Corps, Mike enrolled in graduate school at North Carolina State University where he earned a MS in Wildlife Biology (studying small mammals in eastern North Carolina) and a PhD in Zoology (studying black bears in the Appalachian Mountains). Since then, Mike has served as the Assistant Unit Leader (Wildlife) in the Alabama Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit and Unit Leader of the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit.

Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit Cooperators

  1. Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks
  2. The University of Montana
  3. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  4. U.S. Geological Survey
  5. Wildlife Management Institute