The North Carolina Urban/Suburban Black Bear Study is a collaborative project between North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. The project is supported with funding from the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Grant.
Based in the city of Asheville and surrounding suburbs, the goal of the study is to examine black bear movements, activity patterns and overall population ecology within these urban/suburban habitats, and to apply what is learned to benefit future bear management in North Carolina. By capturing bears in culvert traps, and fitting them with a GPS radio collar, the study is able to track bear movements coming into, and out of the Asheville area. The study will also be able to identify when they are most active, what types of food bears find most attractive, and whether or not bears living in urban environments are vulnerable to harvest.