Black Bear Hunting News

Bear Hunters: Turn in Harvested Teeth
The fall black bear season is here and once again, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife researchers are asking hunters for help. Hunters who bag a black bear in southwestern Oregon should turn in a premolar tooth and tissue sample from the bear to help with a census study.
Fall Black Bear And Mountain Lion License Deadline Approaching
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks reminds black bear and mountain lion hunters that licenses must be purchased by Aug. 31, a Sunday, for the fall season. Hunters may purchase a license at any FWP office on or before Friday, Aug. 29. Licenses will be available through Aug. 31 at FWP license providers open on weekends.
Surplus Bear Licenses Available
Although there were 20,110 quota area bear licenses available this year in 11 bear permit areas, 5,144 licenses remain for seven of those areas because there were not enough applicants, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Feeding Black Bears Banned
The Board of Game and Inland Fisheries recently adopted a regulation making it unlawful to place or to distribute food, minerals, carrion, or similar substances to feed or to attract bears. That regulation became effective on July 1, 2003. Of the 27 states that have bears and allow bear hunting, 16 of them restrict bear feeding in some way.
Efforts to Ban Bear Hunting With Bait Fail
Attempts to sneak an anti-bear hunting bill through Congress failed after the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance and other sportsmen’s organizations rallied America’s hunters, anglers and trappers to oppose a last minute amendment to the Department of Interior spending bill.
Fish and Game Studies Black Bears
To learn more about black bears, Idaho Department of Fish and Game biologists are setting up hundreds of bait sites across the state this summer in order to track the elusive animal.
Bear attacks Camper in Desolation Canyon
The first case in 11 years of a bear attacking a camper in Utah happened July 7, at 6:15 a.m., when a black bear wandered into a campsite along the Green River in Desolation Canyon in east-central Utah.
Bear Hunt Booklets Mailed, Surplus Licenses Available in August
Applicants who were successful in the drawing for 2003 bear licenses are being sent bear hunt booklets this week notifying them of their success and instructing them how to purchase a license, according to the Department of Natural Resources. The remaining licenses will first be made available to this year’s unsuccessful applicants beginning at noon on Monday, Aug. 4.
Black Bear Sightings High This Year
"We have been receiving a significant number of calls this spring concerning bears," said Natural Resources Minister Tim Olive. "Because of the cool, wet weather this year, the bears have not been able to find adequate natural foods."
Black Bear Hunter Fined for Shooting Grizzly Bear
Being sure of your target is one of the fundamental rules of safe hunting. Violating this rule can cost hundreds of dollars and a great deal of embarrassment. Mitchell Brian Yarrington found this out May 26 when he went black bear hunting west of Thermopolis. Yarrington mistakenly shot and killed a 5-year old male grizzly bear weighing approximately 350 pounds thinking that he had taken an uncommon, blonde-phased black bear.