Hunter Legacy 100 Fund Awards Grants to Wildlife Research in North America

In August 2017, the Hunter Legacy 100 Fund awarded SCI Foundation three grants to fund wildlife research projects in North America. These awards represent the Hunter Legacy 100 Fund’s (HLF) ongoing support for SCI Foundation’s science-based conservation program. Moose Research in the Northeast: The first grant will be to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department’s …

SCI Foundation Visits New Predator-Prey Project in the Field

After a four-hour early morning drive from SCI Foundation’s Washington, DC office on Capitol Hill, we found ourselves on the top of a steep ridge miles into the thick and thorny woods on our hands and knees. We had traced the coordinates of a GPS-collared young male black bear to this exact location and were …

Black Bear Recovery Helps Restore Healthy Missouri Forests

"This bear was an exceptional bear in my opinion. This was an awesome, awesome bear, a big black bear. He has a big white 'V', so he's got some distinguishing marks. He's an impressive creature, I think." "I'd say he's 500 pounds. I don't know how old he is, 8 maybe, but he's in his …

SCI Foundation in the Field Helping Species Recovery

SCI Foundation’s experienced conservation staff members were in the field this month working with our partner biologists. In an ongoing research phase for the Missouri Black Bear Project, SCI Foundation staff assisted the Missouri Department of Conservation in a weeklong black bear capture session. Multiple bears were successfully captured and released after researchers recorded a …

Weekly Update: Missouri Black Bear Project

The Missouri Black Bear Project is producing new scientific results. Since 2011, SCI Foundation has partnered with Mississippi State University’s Carnivore Ecology Laboratory and the Missouri Department of Conservation to study the state’s population of bears. The American black bear (Ursus americanus) was extirpated from Missouri in the early 1900s. The state now has an …

Issue of the Week: Successful Bear Management Leads to Opening of Hunting Season in Florida

This weekend, Florida’s first black bear hunting season in decades opens. The opening of the season is the culmination of years of bear recovery efforts. From only a few hundred individuals in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today, the Florida black bear is one of the state’s biggest conservation success stories. The opening of …

Black Bear Research Update

  During the past twenty years or so, multiple states have experienced increasing bear populations. Bears are recolonizing former range and expanding into areas now occupied by people. SCI Foundation is committed to understanding bear demographics and the potential influence that sex, age and seasons have on human-wildlife conflict. SCI Foundation has been assisting the …