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Cabinet-Yaak Grizzly Bear Project


Principal Investigator

Katherine C. Kendall, USGS Glacier Field Station, Glacier National Park, West Glacier, MT 59936-0128 kkendall@usgs.gov

Project Description

Project Study Area MapThe Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem borders Canada and encompasses the Cabinet and Purcell mountain ranges in northwestern Montana and northern Idaho. The 9,875 km2 study area (2.24 million acres) will include the 6,690 km2 Cabinet-Yaak Recovery Zone and 3,185 km2 surrounding area occupied by grizzly bears.

For more information click here: Project Objectives

Related Materials

Related Projects

  • Northern Divide Bear Project (2003-2008): project website
  • Greater Glacier Bear DNA Project (1997-2002): project website
  • Use of Remote Camera Systems: Remote video and still cameras were used to: investigate how grizzly bears, black bears, and other wildlife species respond to baited, barbed wire hair traps; bear use of naturally-occurring bear rubs, bear marking behavior, and effects of putting barbed wire on bear rubs to facilitate hair collection; how hair traps may be modified to improve detection probabilities. Use of remote camera systems to investigate efficiency of DNA-based sampling methods


grizzly bear, black bear, DNA finger printing, mark-recapture, wildlife, population, landscape scale, non-invasive sampling, conservation genetics, hair, microsatellites, polymerase chain reaction, Ursus arctos, Ursus americanus, hair snag, sign survey, genetics, Kootenai National Forest, Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, Montana, Idaho

Geographic Distribution

Cabinet-Yaak Ecosystem, Northwest Montana