The Kodiak Bear Trust places a high priority on funding research projects considered essential to sound management of Kodiak bears.
The Trustees utilize information from a variety of sources to evaluate proposals for project support. In particular, Trustees give special attention to research needs identified in the “Kodiak Archipelago Bear Management and Conservation Plan,” the “Comprehensive Conservation Plan for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge,” and advice of State and Federal biologists and managers working in the Kodiak Archipelago.
© Jennifer Fogle-Smith
Effective management of brown bears on the Kodiak Archipelago will require updated or new information. Priorities for research in the future include: bear density and habitat use on Afognak Island, population status of bears on eastside Kodiak Island and Sitkalidak Island, habitat selection and response of bears to structured bear viewing at Karluk Lake, movements and survival of bears that frequent dumps and other human habitats, and salmon escapement needs of bears at key feeding areas.
© Ed Ward
- Impacts of hydroelectric development on brown bears
- Estimates of brown bear density
- Long-term productivity of female brown bears
- Analyses of long-term data sets on movements, habitat use, and sport harvest
- Comparison of bear use of O’Malley River under different forms of public use
- Mathematical models to evaluate impacts of hunting
- Evaluation of different foods used by bears
- Genetic assays of bears across the archipelago
Long-term studies of female brown bears on Kodiak Island have revealed that they produce their first cub litters at an average age of 6 years. Nearly 70 percent of cubs survive their first year and cub litters are weaned when they are either 2 or 3 years old.
© Lisa Hupp