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Research Article

Integrated Population Modeling of Black Bears in Minnesota: Implications for Monitoring and Management

  • John R. Fieberg mail,

    john.fieberg@state.mn.us

    Affiliations: Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States of America, Biometrics Unit, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Forest Lake, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Kyle W. Shertzer,

    Affiliation: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Paul B. Conn,

    Affiliation: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Karen V. Noyce,

    Affiliation: Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • David L. Garshelis

    Affiliations: Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States of America, Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

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  • Published: August 12, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0012114

About the Authors

John R. Fieberg, David L. Garshelis
Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, United States of America
John R. Fieberg
Biometrics Unit, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Forest Lake, Minnesota, United States of America
Kyle W. Shertzer, Paul B. Conn
Southeast Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service, Beaufort, North Carolina, United States of America
Karen V. Noyce, David L. Garshelis
Forest Wildlife Populations and Research Group, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Grand Rapids, Minnesota, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: john.fieberg@state.mn.us

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Analyzed the data: JRF. Wrote the paper: JRF KWS PBC KVN DLG. Wrote ADMB code for fitting the models: JRF KWS. Conducted the simulation study: JRF. Contributed to the design of the simulation study: JRF KWS PBC KVN DLG. Contributed to the formulation of the ADMB estimation models: JRF KWS PBC KVN DLG. Responsible for collecting all of the MN black bear data: KVN DLG.