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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.

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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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