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Prestigious award granted to local grizzly researchers
Released: 8/17/2010 1:20:24 PM

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A distinguished award from The Wildlife Society will be granted to local scientists for their research on grizzly bear populations in northwestern Montana. 

Kate Kendall, Jeff Stetz, and Amy Macleod, members of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Northern Divide Grizzly Bear Project, along with co-authors from Integrated Ecological Research, Wildlife Genetics International, and Colorado State University, are the recipients of the 2010 Wildlife Society “Wildlife Publications Award for Outstanding Article” for their article reporting on the population and genetic health of threatened grizzly bears in Montana’s Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE).

"The work by Kate and her collaborators was groundbreaking in that it provided the first scientifically based estimate of the grizzly bear population in the NCDE,” said Jeff Kershner, Director of the USGS Northern Rocky Mountain Science Center where Kendall’s research team is housed. “Their use of non-invasive sampling techniques at the scale of such a large landscape has pioneered additional research that examines the use of genetic analyses for other wildlife monitoring applications.”

The award annually recognizes a scientific article deemed exceptional in “originality of research or thought and a high scholastic standard in the manner of presentation” by The Wildlife Society.

The article estimates a population of about 765 grizzlies in the NCDE and describes how, through genetic analysis of grizzly hair samples, researchers were able to determine the total number of bears sampled and track their detections in time and space.  The research team was led by Kendall, USGS biologist and principal author, in cooperation with 12 federal, state, and tribal agencies, landowners, universities, and other entities.

Originally published in a 2009 issue of the Journal of Wildlife Management, the winning article, “Demography and Genetic Structure of a Recovering Grizzly Bear Population,” can be accessed on The Wildlife Society web site.

Kendall, Stetz, Macleod, and their co-authors will be presented with the award in October at The Wildlife Society’s 17th Annual Conference in Snowbird, Utah.

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