Handling grizzlies: How much is enough?

O'Brien, Colleen; Ring, Ray
October 2005
High Country News;10/17/2005, Vol. 37 Issue 19, p4
This article examines how to handle grizzlies during a capture and collaring event. Grizzly bear researchers begin with a ripe deer or elk carcass, a lure that is hard for any bear to resist. Once the animal takes the bait, it is snared by a front paw or caught in a culvert trap, and then tranquilized. And when the bear is unconscious, researchers may slip an oxygen tube up its nose to help it breathe, and dab salve in its eyes to keep them moist. Then they take the bear's temperature, clamp a microchip on its ear, and fasten a radio collar around its neck.


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