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Minnesota National Guard
Camp Ripley Environmental Team continues Black Bear survey

Minnesota National Guard CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- Members of the Camp Ripley Environmental Team captured one of Camp Ripley's black bears, July 29

A five-year-old female was recovered from a barrel trap near the wetlands on the north end of Camp Ripley's Training Area

"We were radio tracking her for four years and needed to replace her collar," said Brian Dirks, Animal Survey Coordinator for the Camp Ripley Environmental Team

Bear trapping is done in several phases The first is to attract the target animal to the location best suited for trapping and observation by allowing the bear to freely take the remainder of the food used during the baiting

"It's an easier way to ensure the animals don't react negatively to the barrel traps a comfortable entry into the trap is important," said Nancy Dietz, Animal Survey assistant

The surveying of the bear population, as well as over 100 other species on Camp Ripley has been going on for several years, allowing the environmental program to ensure proper cohabitation of the local wildlife with the military and other training agencies

"This is a statewide program of which we are just a part of," added Dirks

Others present for the bear survey were several summer interns from Central Lakes College and St Cloud State University They were available to take part in the learning process of recovering the bear from the trap safely and how to go about taking measurements of the animal and adjusting the tracking collar

"We could not pass up this opportunity, it was a great chance for everyone to get to learn and see the bear up close," said Kayla Malone, evasive species program supervisor

"We have a great resource area here in central Minnesota; the bear population is doing well here," continued Dirks

With the upcoming hunting season in September, the Minnesota National Guard and Camp Ripley Environmental teams ask hunters to be sure of their targets and not to shoot collared bears

August 2, 201
by Staff Sgt Anthony Housey
Camp Ripley Public Affairs

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