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University of Massachusetts Amherst

2014

Anthropogenic

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Spatio-Temporal Factors Affecting Human-Black Bear Interactions In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nathan Buckhout Nov 2014

Spatio-Temporal Factors Affecting Human-Black Bear Interactions In Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Nathan Buckhout

Masters Theses

Wildlife managers use models to aid in predicting high risk areas for human and black bear (Ursus americanus) interactions (HBI). These tools help managers implement management strategies to minimize HBI. Over 3,000 incidents of HBI were compiled from management reports at Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP) during 1998-2011, a park with 9-10.2 million visitors per year and a black bear population of about 1,600 bears.

We used data from bear management reports along with annual visitor use, mast and bear abundance data to develop a series of generalized linear models to assess the spatial and temporal ...