|FLCC Black Bear Management Class|
Mohawk Trail State Park, MA 7/11
We arrived mid afternoon and got ourselves settled in to the campground. The campground is well forested and bordered on one side by the well-named Cold River. Sasha and I had planned a mini-study to get the students used to taking measurements, recording data, recognizing bear sign and generally thinking like researchers. We took the students along the campground road and showed them how many of the telephone poles had bear bites on them. After inspecting about ten poles, we sat at some picnic tables for a few minutes and started brainstorming questions we could ask and data we would need to take to answer those questions.
|Black bear bite on telephone pole|
(Mohawk Trail State Park, MA 7/11)
|Nick Wisniewski shows a bear bite|
|Bear scratches on a birch tree|
|Patty Wakefield and Nick inspect a heavily marked red pine|