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

Massachusetts Project

Ecology of Urban and Rural Black Bears in Massachusetts

January 2010 - December 2015


Participating Agencies

  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
MassWildlife's Dave Fuller preparing to attach a GPS collar to a young black bear.

The black bear population in Massachusetts is growing in numbers and expanding its range in the state. Many bears have taken up residence in and around small to mid-sized towns and cities. We are using GPS technology to track and monitor bears as they live among densely population suburban and urban areas as well as more rural locations in central Massachusetts.