Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Massachusetts
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Massachusetts Project

Abundance and habitat use of suburban black bears in Massachusetts

July 2020 - June 2023


Participating Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

Black bear populations in Massachusetts are growing and bears are expanding into suburban areas and interacting with humans. Managing this population and preventing human-bear conflicts requires information about how bears select key habitat components and identify areas of potential conflict. Our project will use a combination of GPS and radio telemetry data collected for 15 years to examine these habitat relationships using resource selection functions.