Rovdata asks hikers in Norway to collect bear poop this autumn

Brown bearPhoto: Stian Lysberg Solum / NTB

Rovdata is encouraging hunters, hikers, and others who are out in the wild this autumn to contribute to the population registration of brown bears in Norway by picking up bear poop.

Rovdata is responsible for operating, communicating, and developing the Norwegian Large Predator Monitoring Program.

According to Rovdata, one should pick up a small piece of bear poop, put it in a clean plastic bag, and deliver the sample to the Norwegian Environmental Protection Agency (SNO).

DNA analyses of the poop will help the monitoring process of the brown bear population in Norway.

The poop should preferably be stored at a cool temperature, as DNA can be damaged when samples are stored for a few days at room temperature or warmer.

According to Rovdata, bear poop has a characteristic appearance in late summer and autumn.

“In late summer and autumn, the poop often contains a lot of berries and does not smell bad. It is therefore not so disgusting to take samples of bear poop as some may think,” Rovdata leader Jonas Kindberg stated.

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