Bait plays heavy role in bear diets in northern Wisconsin

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MADISON — Researchers say bear bait could be playing a part in the high density of bears in northern Wisconsin.

New research from the state Department of Natural Resources and the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows bear bait constitutes greater than 40 percent of a black bear’s diet in the region, Wisconsin Public Radio reported.

Researchers sampled bear bait and native foods at the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, and then compared the samples to black bear tissues from 2011 to 2013. The study focused on areas with woods and wetlands in order to lessen the impact of crop cover|The analysis focused on areas with wetlands and woods in order to minimize the effect of crop cover|In order to lessen the impact of crop cover the analysis focused on areas with wetlands and woods|In order to lessen the impact of crop cover the study focused on areas with forest and wetlands|To be able to minimize the impact of crop cover, the analysis focused on areas with wetlands and woods.

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