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News Release: October 18, 2017

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Colin Carpenter, Wildlife Resources Section, (304) 256-6947, colin.p.carpenter@wv.gov

Division of Natural Resources to conduct survey on public opinions about black bears

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is conducting a scientific study of state residents’ opinions on and attitudes toward black bears and black bear management.

State residents may receive a phone call from Responsive Management, the research firm contracted to conduct the study, asking them to participate in a brief telephone survey about black bears and black bear management.

“Selection of residents for participation in the study is random to maintain a scientifically valid study,” said Colin Carpenter, black bear project leader for the DNR. “If you receive a call at home or on your cellphone for this study, please consider participating to assist the agency in better understanding state residents’ opinions on issues related to black bears in West Virginia.”

This study builds on previous surveys conducted by the DNR and Responsive Management in 2012 and 2006 to assess attitudes toward black bears. The study will include an analysis of trends in opinions and attitudes. The data will then be used to update the state’s Black Bear Management Plan.

Responsive Management is an internationally recognized public opinion and attitude survey research firm specializing in natural resources


Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Black bear
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Black bear