Edinboro University of Pennsylvania graduate Andy Obringer is looking for help from northwestern Pennsylvania residents and hunters for a research project that could open the door to graduate school.
Obringer, who now lives in Minnesota, and Edinboro’s Dr. Michelle Shuey created an online survey that will help them analyze habitat composition patterns and understand the recent growth of black bear populations in our corner of the state.
Here’s where you come in: Take the survey and document your encounters with black bears, especially in Erie County and Crawford County.
“We consider a sighting/encounter as any instance where a bear and human come into contact. That could include but is not limited to, seeing bear scat in the woods, bear tracks in your yard, damage to a bird feeder, a bear passing in front of your car, having a bear act aggressively towards you on a trail, etc.”