Black Bear Hunting News

Drought Conditions may Increase Bear Problems
Utah wildlife officials are urging people to keep a clean campsite and to not intentionally feed black bears in the state's backcountry this summer.
Bear Hunting Defense Task Force Testifies to Congress
Leaders representing the National Bear Hunting Defense Task Force, a coalition of sportsmen’s groups established by the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance to fight federal anti-bear hunting legislation, testified on June 12 to urge a House subcommittee to protect bear hunting on federal land.
Two Men Sentenced in Bear Poaching Case
Two Michigan men were sentenced this week in connection with the illegal harvest of what is suspected to be the second-largest black bear ever taken in Michigan. The 662 lb. bear made headlines last September when it was taken in Alcona County during the opening day of the 2002 hunting season.
Man Cited for Shooting Bear
The Department of Environmental Protection's (DEP) Division of Fish and Wildlife today cited a West Milford Township man for unlawfully shooting a black bear that entered his yard last week.
Black Bear Captured in Little Rock
A black bear that had been reported in the Heights neighborhood of Little Rock on Wednesday was captured today without incident. Arkansas has about 3,000 bears, mostly in the Ozark and Ouachita mountain areas. Bears were once so plentiful, they were hunted commercially, and Arkansas was known as the Bear State.
New Jersey Bill Would Hand Over Tax Dollars to Animal Rights Group
A New Jersey bill that would give tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation’s largest anti-hunting group, is scheduled for a hearing in the state Senate.
Black Bear Hunters Enjoy Successful Season
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Erin M. Crotty today announced that hunters harvested 912 black bears during the State's 2002 big game hunting seasons. This figure is well above the 10-year average take of 726 bears, indicating that bear populations are doing well and that hunting opportunities in New York continue to thrive.
Test Your Bear Identification Skills
True or False: Grizzly bears have short claws, long pointed ears and no hump between their shoulders. If you answered “true,” you might want to take the Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Bear Identification Test. Even if you recognized the question as a description of a black bear and answered “false,” you’re still encouraged to take the voluntary exam.
Bear Application Deadline is May 2nd
Applications for the 2003 Minnesota black bear hunting season are now being accepted by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources through Friday, May 2. This year’s season, which will run from Sept. 1 through Oct. 12, offers 20,110 licenses available in 11 permit areas.
Black Bears Relocated
A mother bear and her three cubs have a new home today thanks to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its partners, the Black Bear Conservation Committee, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center.