Andrew Tri grew up in the north woods of Minnesota with black bears practically in his backyard.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Tri of Oak Grove, Minn., knew he wanted to work with bears.
Under the guidance of John Edwards, professor of wildlife and fisheries resources in the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design, Tri has been studying the spatial ecology of urban and suburban black bears in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.
“I’d been waiting for a good bear project to come along for a while and this one fell into my lap,” he said.
Funded through the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, Tri is working with wildlife agencies in the three participating states in the hopes of better understanding why black bears inhabit urban and suburban areas, tracking their movements within the areas, and evaluating their vulnerability to hunting.
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