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“We’re asking that if hunters see ear tags or a collar on a bear, they refrain from shooting it,” said Dave Garshelis, DNR bear research biologist. “Long-term records of individual bears have been the cornerstone of information that helps the DNR monitor and manage the bear population.” MnDNR

DNR asks hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears

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Hunters participating in Minnesota’s bear season, which opens Monday, Sept. 1, are asked to avoid shooting radio-collared research bears, some of which are marked with large colorful ear tags.


Many of the collars have global positioning units that collect and store data that are downloaded by Department of Natural Resources researchers when they visit the bears in their dens.

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