It’s facial recognition for bears.

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.

Grizzly brown bear with a close up of its face and a red rectangle around its head, an inverted thin white triangel around its eyes and noce drawn over the photograph
Photo by Melanie Clapham.

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