Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Bear tagging.

John has been busy mowing several areas on the refuge.  I started working on the chemical inventory to update the MSDS/SDS Books on Friday.  The weather here as been cool at night and in the mid 60s to mid 70s in the afternoons.

This morning John and I got to go along with the refuge employees for bear tagging.  So cool.  What an experience. 

The two bears that were tagged this morning were female yearlings.  

This picture is right after the bear was tranquillized.

Tranquilizer finally worked.

Tagging the ear.


The fur was really course.  I expected it to be softer.

John getting the DNA sample.

John tagging an ear.

John measuring.

One of the bears had markings on her chest.

Tattooing inside the lip.

Look at that paw.

Resetting the traps. 

A very interesting morning.  This is one of the reasons we love volunteering at wildlife refuges.  You never know what you will see or experience. 

Laugh everyday.  Happy trails.  Stay safe. 


  1. What a very cool experience that must have been!


  2. Tom said, "That can't be New Jersey - there aren't any bears in New Jersey!" :) That looked like a really cool experience! Love it!

  3. You two have become quite the naturist! Here you are out in the wild tagging bears. Will be see you in Africa on safari soon. Take care and be careful out there in the wild.

  4. That is so neat ---plenty of bears around here -- heard a call on the scanner the other night four bears up a telephone pole while the mother sat down below watching them -- the dispatcher asked the deputy if he needed help to get them down to which he replied "they got up there by themselves - they can get down the same way.