Hunters Can Help with Black Bear Research

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Become a Citizen Scientist for Black Bear Research and Management in New York with iSeeMammals App



iSeeMammals is a new citizen science project of DEC and the New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Cornell University. It collects data to help researchers and DEC biologists study the distribution and size of the black bear population in New York. iSeeMammals will help researchers collect data from more areas than researchers can cover in the field.

Participation is open to all. iSeeMammals collects information about where and when users identify bears or bear signs (scat, tracks, hair, markings) while hiking or on their personal trail cameras. Photographs of observations, repeat hikes, and trail cameras set up for multiple months are strongly encouraged. An app for data collection and submission is available for free download in Apple and Android stores.

Visit to

  • Learn more about the project
  • Access photo galleries of iSeeMammals data as photos are submitted
  • Get information on bear ecology and bear management in New York
  • See extras like quizzes, contests, and giveaways

Training workshops and seminars may be available; inquire via their contact form.