Black Bear Hunting News

Black Bear Killed After Attacking Campground Visitor
Wildlife authorities have concluded an investigation of a black bear attack last week on an Orange County man visiting a private recreation area in Mono County. Under California's public safety wildlife policy, the bear was declared a public safety threat and was killed.
Bear Harvest Unusually High
The number of black bears harvested by hunters is breaking records in northern New Hampshire, according to wildlife managers with the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The high harvest -- 622 bears statewide as of October 10 -- is the result of unusual environmental conditions, primarily limited natural food sources, which have made bears more vulnerable than normal during the early part of the season, which began September 1.
Commission Clarifies Bear-Baiting Prohibition
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission on Oct. 3 took aggressive action to protect black bears in North Carolina by unanimously passing a resolution to interpret more strictly the state’s “bear-baiting statute.”
DEP Commissioner Says Bear Sterilization could be Inhumane
Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Bradley M. Campbell released the following statement in response to the New Jersey Animal Rights Alliance suggestion that New Jersey bears be injected with Neutersol, a chemical approved for the sterilization of puppies.
Double Check Your Black Bear App
"Numerous applications are being received that have either been filled in incorrectly or are incomplete," said Division Director Martin J. McHugh. "As a result, they are being returned for corrections and resubmission. Prospective bear hunters should realize that all of the information requested on the application is extremely important and we ask that you take the time to complete these applications carefully."
Bowhunters, Avoid Becoming the Hunted
Bowhunters are sneaky, smelly, and camouflaged to look like a bush. While that’s what it takes to get close enough for a good shot with a bow and arrow, that same hunter is making it hard for a bear to notice him.
Drive Against Bear Baiting Begins in Maine and Alaska
The Humane Society of the United States, the nation’s largest anti-hunting organization, has begun circulating petitions and spreading anti-hunting rhetoric in an effort to ban bear hunting with bait, dogs, or traps in Maine and Alaska.
Assistance Needed From Successful Bear Hunters
State Conservation officials today announced they are seeking participation from successful Lower Peninsula bear hunters the help the DNR evaluate the size of Michigan’s bear population.
2003 Fall Hunting Forecast
The 2003 Fall Hunting Forecast includes information on deer, elk, bear, cougar, waterfowl and upland game bird hunting.
Black Bear Applications Due September 30th
A total of 10,000 special black bear hunting permits will be available to properly licensed firearm hunters. A random lottery will be held if the number of applicants exceeds the special permit quota. Permit applications from interested hunters must be received no later than September 30, 2003.