DNR Accepts Funding From HSUS

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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) today accepted a funding offer from the Fund for Animals and the Humane Society of the United States to mitigate bear and human conflicts. While accepting the funding, DNR rejected the stipulation that the proposed bear hunting season be cancelled.

The funding offer, $75,000 in total, would be used to further the financial resources DNR currently dedicates for bear damage compensation and bear-human conflict management. Specifically, these funds would be used to compensate individuals who document bear damage and to implement an aversive conditioning and bear education campaign in bear-occupied areas.

“While we may not agree on the hunting regulation proposal, I hope that the Fund for Animals and Humane Society of the United States’ commitment to assist us is sincere and that we can count on their financial and philosophical support for the remaining non-lethal and education strategies in our bear management plan,” said DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service Director Paul A. Peditto.

DNR maintains its commitment to the non-lethal strategies embodied in both the Nuisance Bear Response Plan and the draft 10-Year Black Bear Management. Any assistance financing these commitments is helpful, and thus we accept your offer.

For more information on how DNR manages black bears, visit the DNR website at www.dnr.maryland.gov/dnrnews/infocus/blackbears.asp