Who Knew Waterproof Cases Could Help Protect Grizzly Bears?

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Study uses GPS unit and donated Aquapac waterproof GPS cases to collect and track human interaction with the grizzly bear population in Yellowstone National Park. Visitors given waterproof case protected GPS units that track their interaction with bears, even if they never actually see the bear - their interaction is still recorded.

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The objective of this study is to determine if four of the Yellowstone Bear Management Area closures are effective at protecting grizzly bears from human recreation and impact.

CS ideas donated Aquapac Waterproof GPS Cases for an ongoing grizzly bear study. "CS ideas wants to make a difference and when Tyler Coleman called with his project, we just had to find a way to get involved," says Toi Sangthong, President of CS ideas. Tyler is conducting study to measure the impact that humans have on the grizzly bear population at Yellowstone National Park. "The objective of this study is to determine if four of the Yellowstone Bear Management Area closures are effective at protecting grizzly bears from human recreation and impact." says Coleman. Human visitors to the park are issued a GPS unit that's protected inside a waterproof case. Visitors can easily carry the GPS with them throughout their visit, the GPS collects data, and makes satellite contact uninterrupted by the waterproof case. Further, the visitor is unaffected because they don't have to keep the GPS dry - because the Aquapac GPS Case is 100% waterproof and will even float if it is dropped in the water. The PRO Sports Series Aquapac GPS Case was the perfect choice for the parks visitors, it's made of a military grade material and includes a neoprene adjustable armband - making it easy for visitors to actually wear the GPS on their arm or leg and still access all the buttons and controls.

This study is important to the conservation of the bears and access for the parks visitors. "A constant struggle for bear managers is trying to balance increasing human recreation with grizzly bear conservation. The results of this study will allow Yellowstone National Park and surrounding agencies to make adjustments to allow for safe human recreational opportunities and grizzly bear protection. Ultimately we would like to maintain our current level of grizzly bear protection and at the same time not limit someone’s ability to enjoy Yellowstone National Park", states Coleman.

The study will consist of trapping and radio collaring a large number of grizzly bears that live around Yellowstone Lake. The bear radio collars are designed to take continuous location information all summer. This will provide us with excellent information about habitat selection and movement. In addition, we would like to track the use of human visitors. This will be accomplished by giving visitors a hand held global positioning system (GPS). When activated GPS units easily track human movement and will take continuous locations. An overlay of bear and human activity patterns in the same area will allow us to determine areas of potential conflict and adapt our management strategies to further protect grizzly bears from people and to protect people from grizzly bears.

Hikers, campers and outdoor adventurers worldwide enjoy the benefits of Aquapac waterproof cases to protect all of their gear and keep them in safe contact with civilization should an emergency arise. Protective cases include: waterproof camera bags, handheld radios cases, cell phone cases, waterproof iPod cases and even waterproof headphones. Our customers proclaim Aquapac as their number one choice for 100% waterproof protection.

CS ideas, Inc. is a U.S. based authorized Aquapac dealer and offers the full Aquapac line of cases on their website at http://www.waterproofcases.net. CS ideas is committed to giving back to the community and every month we make donations and sponsors worthy causes, from waterways cleanups, fishing organizations, and a variety of other "around the water" non-profit organizations. For more information about CS ideas, our donation program or to receive additional information on the Yellowstone Bear Project, contact Michelle Chance at 904-786-8222.

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