MENTONE, Ala. (AP) — A team of biologists and researchers are tracking a trio of black bear cubs in northeast Alabama to learn more about how the animals live in the wild.

The state wildlife agency says the group located the young bears in DeKalb County near Mentone.

Members placed collars on them that contain transponders.

The project is intended to help researchers learn more about the types of dens used by female bears.

Researchers believe 30 to 35 bears live in northeast Alabama and around 125 live in southwest Alabama.

Teams are starting work this weekend around Mobile to locate more baby bears for tracking.