Bob Duchesne’s Wild Maine: Black Bear Den, Part II [AUDIO]
If you missed last week's show, here's what's going on. We return to the bear's den this week with the crew from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. In this edition, we get the bears out the den and Randy Cross shows us his scars.
Part 1: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife biologist Randy Cross has handled more bears than just about anybody, and he has the scars to prove it. When trying to figure out how to manage the bear population, other states look to Maine and the department's research.
Part 2: We've tranquilized the 17-year-old mother bear, and now its time to get her out of the den and give her a check up! Guess what? You wouldn't think so, but bears smell pretty good!
Part 3: The Humane Society of the United States is behind a proposed referendum on limiting bear hunting in Maine. You'll have to make your own decision on how to vote, but let's meet the researchers who know the most about the subject.
Part 4: "Blood tracking" is used to recover game animals that have eluded hunters. Lindsay Ware of Ellsworth tells us about how successful she is in finding these lost animals. Plus, she has some very good advice for hunters.
Part 5: Lindsay and her lab, Gander, work as a team to find game animals that have escaped a hunter's grasp. Here's how tracking can work most effectively.