Traps will be set in our area as part of a black bear survey.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is doing a study over the next two months to determine Ontario’s black bear population.

Barbed-wire hair traps using sardines are being set across several parts of Ontario. The traps encourage black bears to rub up against the barbs. The bear will then leave a small hair sample behind that will be used for DNA analysis.

Locally, the survey stations will be throughout Algonquin Park and along Highway 17. MNRF Regional Outreach Specialist Jamie Prentice says the stations will be spread out and well-marked.

Prentice says a similar study has been performed in Ontario previous to 2011 to determine the population.