NYeBear studies black bears by collecting data from citizen scientists across New York
Get involved! With NYeBear you can:
- Dowload the NYeBear app
- Go on hikes
- Set up a personal trail camera
- Submit observations of bears and bear signs
NYeBear citizen scientists submit information about where and when they detect (or not!) bears and bear signs. These data across NY help researchers estimate population size and distribution.
Citizen scientists play an important role in research.
New York is a big state, and approximately 89% of NY land is privately owned - areas that can be difficult for researchers to access and study.
Black bears are an important wildlife species.
Many people enjoy seeing bears and bear sign in the wild. Maintaining a bear population that is healthy and safe for bears an people is an important management objective.
For more information about black bears in New York, visit our FAQ page and the New York State Department of Environmental
Cat Sun, an NYeBear researcher, posing with a tranquilized research bear in 2012.
A young bear caught by suprise on a trail camera
Black bear hair snagged on barbed wire. This indicates the presence of bear and provides DNA.