In 2014 we set out to determine whether bear saliva, collected by swabbing the partially-eaten remains of salmon carcasses, could be used to identify individual bears, a method intended to add another tool to the toolbox of wildlife researchers and managers. Being able to identify individual bears from their saliva (which is collected noninvasively– no need to trap the bear!) is a boon to bear biologists. This type of genetic information can provide insight into population densities, movement, and feeding behavior. The results from our work were published today in the journal PLoS One. All Public Library of Science journals are open access, so no fees are required to read or download the paper. You can check out our newest publication here.