Study Continues after Successful Bighorn Reintroduction in Arizona

As part of a four year ongoing study, the Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) is continuing to monitor the Santa Catalina sheep population. AZGFD released an additional 29 desert bighorn sheep in November 2015, bringing the total number of bighorns released in the Santa Catalina Mountain range to 90 since 2013. Nearly all of …

Weekly Update: Kodiak Brown Bear Trust Annual Report

The Kodiak Brown Bear Trust (KBBT) has been conserving Kodiak brown bears and their wilderness habitat since 1981. SCI Foundation has partnered with KBBT since 2012 on a population research study on Sitkalidak Island. Sitkalidak, located in the western Gulf of Alaska, is the third largest island in the Kodiak archipelago. Genetic isolation, combined with …

Weekly Update: Missouri Black Bear Project

The Missouri Black Bear Project is producing new scientific results. Since 2011, SCI Foundation has partnered with Mississippi State University’s Carnivore Ecology Laboratory and the Missouri Department of Conservation to study the state’s population of bears. The American black bear (Ursus americanus) was extirpated from Missouri in the early 1900s. The state now has an …

Weekly Update: Newfoundland Caribou Project Reveals Habitat Key to Sustainable Management

For over eight years, SCI Foundation has partnered with the Canadian Province of Newfoundland and Labrador’s Department of Environment and Conservation to support a major research program on Newfoundland Island’s woodland caribou population. The long-term scientific study has made these caribou one of the best studied wildlife populations in the world. We are pleased to …

Estimating Wildlife Population Numbers

Recent estimates put the population of white-tailed deer between 26-28 million in the United States.  The worldwide polar bear population is between 20,000 - 25,000 animals and the wild tiger population is down to only about 3,000 animals. Like the white-tailed deer, polar bears, and tigers, biologists try to have an estimate of how many …