BearID detects a bear’s face in an image and classifies the individual. It’s facial recognition for bears!
Dr. Melanie Clapham, a postdoctoral researcher at University of Victoria working with Raincoast’s Applied Conservation Science lab has been exploring facial recognition technology to help her grizzly bear studies.
Combining BearID with camera trapping could facilitate behavioral research and population monitoring with implications for species and landscape conservation and management.
Go here to read the New York Times article about this work.