Written By: Wednesday, May 16th 2018

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry staff will be in the area over the next few weeks …. counting bears and updating the province’s data especially in areas where there are concerns about the sustainability of the bear population.

Ministry staff will conduct barbed wire hair trap surveys in several parts of northwestern, northeastern and southern Ontario including the Bruce Peninsula and parts of Grey County.



Staff will set up survey stations with sardines to encourage local black bears to follow their noses right to the stations where they’ll have to rub up against some barbed wire as they go for the fish.

As they rub against the wire it leaves behind a small hair sample that can be sent for DNA analysis.

That data will help us determine the number of bears in areas surrounding the survey line and also which are returning bears and which are “unique” bears.

Our staff will be wearing brightly coloured safety vests and there will be signs up and the stations will also be marked. We ask anyone who comes upon the survey locations not to touch the station to protect the integrity of the survey data.

For more information, including survey locations, please click here.