Facial Recognition AI Software Identifies Individual Bears

For Dallas Smith, president of Nanwakolas Council, this research opens doors for grizzly bear monitoring in the traditional territories of local First Nations (where Knight Inlet is located).

“This amazing technology will help us identify individual bears and better understand their movement and interactions throughout our territories, which will enable us to build better management plans around habitat protection.” said Dallas Smith, president of Nanwakolas Council.

The BearID can be used to visually identify animals without physically or genetically tagging the species.

“It will help us manage and mitigate the impact of wildlife viewing, as well as positioning ourselves to more effectively and efficiently deal with bear-human conflicts that are becoming more and more prevalent,” Smith adds.

The study, Automated facial recognition for wildlife that lack unique markings: A deep learning approach for brown bears, was published in Ecology and Evolution.

Source and top image: University of Victoria

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