Black Bears and Elk
As a Research Associate in the Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech I have had the opportunity to work with the Virginia Tech Black Bear Research Center (VTBBRC).
It is a nice break from working with elk all the time. There is some connection between bears and elk, though. The American Black Bear (Ursus Americanus) is a normal predator of elk calves.
Bears were especially problematic in The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the early years of the Elk Restoration Project.