Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioners accepted a $25,000 donation from the Shikar-Safari Club International Foundation to fund black bear research efforts.

During the Commission's regular March meeting, held earlier this month at the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, Shikar-Safari representatives Robin Siegfried and Suzie Brewster were on hand to present the donation. Bill Dinkines, assistant chief of wildlife for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, accepted the donation.

Since 2000, the Wildlife Department and the Oklahoma Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Oklahoma State University have collaborated on several studies of the state's bears. An integral part of the research is the use of satellite tracking collars to follow the movements of the bears in the two research areas in east-central and southeastern Oklahoma.  

The tracking collars provide several GPS locations daily. The location data allow researchers to see a bear's daily and seasonal movements, make home-range analyses, determine habitat usage and locate den sites.

The donation will be used to buy an additional 10 satellite tracking collars.