Wednesday, February 17, 2010

GPS Trackers Helping Protect Himalayan Black Bears

Putting technology to the best use in the wild, GPS trackers are now being used to track the endangered Himalayan Black bears in India.

There are just about 300 of these bears left in the wild and because of the frequent human-animal conflict, scientist have come out with the novel idea of using GPS devices to track the animals so that their location is known and the travelers are informed ahead of time, where they might find a bear.

The collars attached to the bears are also helping gather information like their migration pattern, location, lifestyle and behavior. Scientists are now able to gather information about the animals, that was never earlier possible and use it for the betterment of the wild species.

Within the last four years 24 people have been killed and more than 200 injured of bear attacks. The GPS tracking is helping immensely in controlling these attacks as an alert is sounded as soon as any bear starts moving towards human population.

With technology used efficiently, hopes are on a rise about sustaining and maintaining a healthy relation between the bears and the human inhabitants of the same area.

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Flickr photo by judepics

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