New book “Black Ghosts of the Forest” from Jordan C. Pederson, Steven B. Bates, and Jerran T. Flinders Records Over Thirty Years of Black Bear Activity in Utah

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Page Publishing releases “Black Ghosts of the Forest: A Utah Black Bear Study 2019”, the thorough findings of a team of passionate researchers.

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Jordan C. Pederson, Steven B. Bates, and Jerran T. Flinders, have compiled thirty-four years of black bear population observations in the Hobble Creek–Diamond Fork region of Utah to reveal patterns, adaptations, and the lifestyles of these creatures. “Black Ghosts of the Forest” is a comprehensive examination of how black bears cope with the ever-expanding human population nearby.

“These black bears live near a human population of 200,000 and stay almost conflict-free,” the authors explained in a group statement. “We explored reasons why they stay good neighbors.”

Published by Page Publishing, the work begins with the early days of the study, in 1985, when these researchers sought to determine the food habits, habitat use patterns, home range sizes, productivity, and general health of the black bear population. Over the following decades, they tracked the movements of the bears as humans, through direct and indirect means, impinged their freedom of movement. From the sizes of their paw pads, to an index of mortality rates, this extensive study tracks the myriad factors that influence the survival of this longtime native to north central Utah.

“The American black bear is faced with maintaining itself in a shrinking habitat base,” the authors said of their subjects. “Habitat loss has a subtle, yet permanent, impact on the long-term viability of bear populations. Increased interest in hunting bears and cervids, recreational use, and domestic livestock
grazing are increasing pressure on the Hobble Creek–Diamond Fork bear population.”

“Knowledge of bear habitat relationships is needed to design habitat management systems, which conserve and enhance black bear habitat,” the authors insisted. “The understanding of black bear population dynamics, including knowledge of population responses to changes in food supply and harvesting, will produce better informed management.”

To learn more about this detailed study, readers can purchase “Black Ghosts of the Forest: A Utah Black Bear Study 2019” at bookstores everywhere, or online at the Apple iTunes Store, Amazon, Google Play, or Barnes and Noble.

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