Hannah J. Leeper

School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 602 Duncan Dr., Auburn University, Auburn, AL 36849, USA

Potential Spatial Barriers to Black Bear Dispersal and Population Connectivity in Alabama

SEAFWA Journal Volume 8, March 2021
Wildlife Outstanding Technical Paper

Corridors are important for many species, especially black bears (Ursus americanus), which use corridors for juvenile dispersal and connectivity among local and regional populations. Black bears are native throughout Alabama; however, historic populations have diminished, in part from habitat degradation and decreased connectivity. At present, only two small populations of black bears occur in Alabama. One is a newly recolonized population in northern Alabama, whose numbers are growing quickly. The other is a remnant population in the Mobile River Basin that is genetically...