Two bears wearing GPS collars and one with a microchip now live in the Balkan Mountains as reported on behalf of the Park Directorate by Vladimir Dimitrov, a PhD student at the Bulgarian Academy of Science. The bears were captured last week near Central Balkan” National Park.
The one-year-old female cub, weighing 30 kilograms (66 pounds), was the first one to be captured on 8th June around 8.30 pm. Two hours later the cub, now called Ivanka, was wearing a GPS collar equipped with a radio transmitter. During the whole time of the procedure the mother of the cub stuck around ‘supervising’ the actions of the scientists.
The following day yet another one-year-old female cub was captured. Being quite smaller than the first one it was only implanted with a microchip. It was also given the name Spaska in honour of Saint Spas who was celebrated that same day. On 12th June, during the night, a 160-kilogram (353 pounds), most probably 7-year-old male bear, was also captured and given a GPS collar and a radio transmitter. The bear was named Vlado after the young research worker Vladimir Dimitrov, designer of the bear tracking science project. The data collected from the GPS collars and radio transmitters will provide information about the ethology of the species – area of habitation, behavior, eating habits etc. – which will be necessary for the completion of Todorov’s dissertation.
The research is conducted with the sponsorship of the Wild Balkans Field School and the Balkani Wildlife Society.