Researchers re-visit black bear Tarversville dens
TARVERSVILLE, Ga. (AP) - University of Georgia graduate student Mike Hooker is ready to sneak up on someone. Or rather, something.
He's one of three researchers making their first visit to a black bear's den.
It's the middle of March, and researchers are starting a new phase of their three-year study of the Middle Georgia bear population and its movements.
But Hooker was the one who would walk in alone and dart a mother bear with cubs.
The den research is part of a broad study funded through the Georgia departments of Transportation and Natural Resources. It was prompted by several potential threats: The widening of Georgia 96 through the heart of the bears' territory, and the number of bears killed during the last two hunting seasons.