Researchers: Black bear population on the rise in NY

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Researchers have found that the black bear population is on the rise in New York, and they are trying to determine why.

The Department of Environmental Conservation started a project in 2015 that focuses on studying the black bear population. As part of the project, Cornell University researchers are monitoring 240 locations across the state, including one in the Catskills in Ulster County.

Researchers are using bait to detect bears in the area, take photos and collect hair samples.

The DEC estimates that about 6,000 to 8,000 bears call New York home. There have even been a few sightings in the Hudson Valley recently. Experts say a drier, hotter summer in New York may be driving more black bears to the area.

This is the last season that researchers will be in the field tracking black bears. The next step will be to analyze the data.

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