Actually thats what always happens. Gary Alt, the bear man, worked for Penn State for 20 yrs doing the black bear study, lived in one of our apts and I got to go along many many times and catch them. it was always at the state parks or in communitys where folks didnt secure thier garbage.
We would trap them with wire snares, or drum traps. sedate them, weigh them, tag thier ear, tatoo thier inner lip and pull a tooth to determine thier age. blood sample for lab tests also.
after years of installing radio collars and tracking it is amazing to watch thier trek back to where they were captured as they meander during the day eating and browsing but at night you could draw a straight line on a map with there path back home!!
instinct is a powerful thing.... thought they might use the stars to navigate....
Biggest bear we got was on a 1/4" wire snare. she was 650# and was pissed!! she stood on her hind legs and was overwhelmingly scary !! thank God the setative worked quick!!
the females with cubs were always the most stressed but it was fun to play with the cubs...
"After making his mark in the wildlife management profession through his studies of bear biology in Pennsylvania and around the world, Dr. Alt agreed to head up the Game Commission's Deer Management Section in August of 1999"
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