March 16th, 2010
Walter McCown is a wildlife researcher with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He joined the agency in 1983 and has conducted research on Florida Panthers, white-tailed deer and Florida black bears. Current research includes population estimates and range delineation of three small populations of black bears in Florida and an effort to update the range of the black bear in North America. Recent research has included the movements and behaviors of bears crossing a state highway that bisects a dense bear population. In collaboration with graduate students at the University of Florida he has investigated the fates of relocated nuisance bears, the behavior of bears in the urban-wildland interface, the den ecology and survival of black bear cubs, the effectiveness of a regional corridor for bears, the degree to which relatedness determines spatial use by female bears, and the factors influencing home range size of female black bears.