Influence of mast production on black bear non-hunting mortalities in West Virginia

  title={Influence of mast production on black bear non-hunting mortalities in West Virginia},
  author={Christopher W. Ryan and James C. Pack and William K. Igo and Anthony Billings},
Abstract Food availability influences movements, population dynamics, and harvest of black bears (Ursus americanus) in the Appalachian Mountains. We compared combinations of hard and soft mast indices to black bear non-hunting mortalities in West Virginia, USA, 1980–2004. Mast conditions were inversely related to non-hunting black bear mortalities. We constructed regression equations to predict non-hunting bear mortalities and used Akaike's Information Criterion (AIC) to compare fit of each… 

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