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Get the poop on this programme!
Parks Canada is asking hikers to collect samples on front trails and those in the backcountry in the areas south of Highway #16 or north from the Pyramid Bench trails in Jasper National Park. Samples from other areas like Celestine Lake or the North Boundary Trail are not necessary.
Scat seeking is easy. Using the Foothills research Institute’s Grizzly Scat App, hikers pick up scat and place it in a vial that is in a kit given to them. They are asked to take a picture of the vial and the QR code on the vial and then download the app at www.grizzlyscatapp.ca. The image will automatically be sent to the bear biologists. Later, the GPS location of the site and the DNA details will be recorded.
How do you sign up? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a volunteer application form. Scat seekers are happy hikers!