BECKLEY, W.Va. — The W.Va. Division of Natural Resources is conducting a scientific study on black bears and black bear management that will involve telephone surveys of residents, according to a press release from the division.
In the coming weeks, state residents may receive a phone call from Responsive Management, a research firm contracted by the division to conduct the study, asking them to participate in a brief telephone survey about black bears and black bear management.
Residents will be selected randomly, which is necessary to maintain a scientifically valid study. If you receive a call at home or on your cell phone regarding this study, please consider assisting the agency in better understanding opinions on issues related to black bears in West Virginia. Residents may also receive a text message with a link to the survey.
This study builds on previous surveys to assess attitudes toward black bears that the division and Responsive Management conducted in 2017, 2012, and 2006. The study will include an analysis of trends in opinions and attitudes. The data will then update the state’s Black Bear Management Plan.
Responsive Management is an internationally recognized public opinion and attitude survey firm specializing in natural resource and outdoor recreation issues. Its mission is to help natural resource and outdoor recreation agencies and organizations better understand and work with their constituents, customers, and the public.
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