Dr. Jeff Stetz


Instructor, Center for Wildlife Studies

Research Coordinator Region IV, Alaska Department of Fish and Game

M.S. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana

Ph.D. Wildlife Biology, University of Montana

Researchgate profile

For the past 20 years, Jeff has worked primarily on large-scale studies of abundance, population growth rates, and resource selection for large carnivores in the American intermountain West. These projects have included the first population-wide abundance estimate for grizzly bears in northern Montana and the first density estimate for American black bears in the Glacier National Park area. He has also worked on developing new population monitoring methods for mountain lions and river otters in North America and two bear species in the Russian Far East, as well as conducting a rigorous evaluation of numerous monitoring methods for black bears across northeastern North America. Jeff is also an Associate Editor at the Journal of Wildlife Management and a Certified Wildlife Biologist®.



Stetz, J.B., M.S. Mitchell, & K.C. Kendall. 2018. Using spatially-explicit capture-recapture models to explain variation in seasonal density patterns of sympatric ursids. Ecography 41:1–12.

Stetz, J.B., T. Seitz, & M.A. Sawaya. 2015. Effects of exposure on genotyping success rates of hair samples from grizzly and American black bears. Journal of Fish and Wildlife Management 6:191–198.

Henderson, M.M., M. Hebblewhite, M.S. Mitchell, J.B. Stetz, K.C. Kendall, & R.T. Carlson. 2015. Modeling multi-scale resource selection for bear rub trees in Northwestern Montana. Ursus 26: 28–39.

Stetz, J.B., K.C. Kendall, & A.C. Macleod. 2014. Black bear density in Glacier National Park. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:60-–70. (Cover article)

Stetz, J.B., K. Hunt, K.C. Kendall, & S.K. Wasser. 2013. Effects of exposure, diet, and thermoregulation on fecal glucocorticoid measures in wild bears. PLoS ONE 8(2): e55967.

Sawaya, M.A., T.K. Ruth, S. Creel, J.J. Rotella, J.B. Stetz, H.B. Quigley, and S.T. Kalinowski. 2011. Evaluation of noninvasive genetic sampling methods for cougars in Yellowstone National Park. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:612–622.

Stetz, J.B., K.C. Kendall, & C. Servheen. 2010. Evaluation of bear rub surveys to monitor grizzly bear population trends. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:860–870.

Kendall, K.C., J.B. Stetz, J. Boulanger, A.C. Macleod, D. Paetkau, & G.C. White. 2009. Demography and genetic structure of a recovering grizzly bear population. Journal of Wildlife Management 79:3–17. (Cover article)

Kendall, K.C., J.B. Stetz, D.A. Roon, L.P. Waits, J. Boulanger, & D. Paetkau. 2008. Grizzly bear density in the Glacier National Park region. Journal of Wildlife Management 78:1693–1705.

Boulanger, J., K. Kendall, J.B. Stetz, D. Roon, L. Waits, & D. Paetkau. 2008. Multiple data sources improve DNA- based mark-recapture population estimates of grizzly bears. Ecological Applications 18:577–589.

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