The Department of Natural Resources will host an informational meeting to discuss proposed changes to bear hunting license quotas on Saturday, March 31 from 10 a.m. to noon in Marquette. The meeting will take place in the Brule Room at Northern Michigan University, located at 2101 University Center, Marquette.
Three proposals are currently before the Natural Resources Commission that would determine how many bear licenses will be available to hunters in 2012.
DNR Wildlife Division staff will provide a presentation on black bear population monitoring techniques and population trends in the Upper Peninsula, and will explain proposed changes to the bear license quotas in detail, in addition to answering questions from the public.
NRC commissioners J.R. Richardson, of Ontonagon, and John Madigan, of Munising, will be present to discuss the proposals with meeting attendees. The proposals will be eligible for NRC action at the Commission's April 5 meeting in Lansing.
For more information about the bear license quota proposals and informational meeting, contact DNR bear specialist Adam Bump at 517-373-1263. The March presentation to the Natural Resources Commission on DNR black bear populations and proposed license quota changes can be found online at www.michigan.gov/nrc .
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is committed to the conservation, protection, management, use and enjoyment of the state's natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. For more information, go to www.michigan.gov/dnr .