- Schooley, Robert L.
The Graduate School, University of Maine
I studied habitat use, fall movements, and denning ecology of female black bears (Ursus americanus) on 3 study areas in Maine with different topography, forest composition, and land use. I primarily analyzed data from 88 females radiotracked from 1968-88 by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
Spatial and Temporal patterns in habitat use, fall movements, and timing of den entry indicated beechnuts were an important resource for bears. Northern hardwood stands should be managed to retain mast-producing beech trees.