Black Bears


Sun February 19, 2012
Around the Nation

As Bear Population Grows, More States Look At Hunts

Originally published on Tue February 21, 2012 6:48 am

A family of bears investigates a Dumpster behind a diner in Pomona, N.Y., last fall. Black bears are becoming more common in populated areas around the United States.
Eddy Philippe AP

Wildlife officials don't usually base hunting policies on how the public feels about an animal. But the black bear seems to be different. The revered king of the forest has bounced back from near-extinction to being a nuisance in some areas. Some states are trying to figure out if residents can live in peace with bears, or if they'd rather have hunters keep numbers in check.

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Wed May 25, 2011

DOW Launches New Bear Study

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The Colorado Division of Wildlife is launching a five-year study of black bears to determine how to reduce conflicts between the bears and humans.

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Tue May 10, 2011
State Capitol

Bill to Expand Bear Hunting Fails

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A bill that would have expanded Colorado's bear hunting season has died after the sponsor could not get enough votes to pass it in the Republican controlled House.

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Thu May 5, 2011
State Capitol

Bear Bill Passes Despite Objections

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A bill to expand the state's bear hunting season initially cleared the State HouseĀ  along party lines with most Republicans supporting the measure. Proponents say it will help wildlife officials manage the bear population, opponents say it's not necessary.

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Mon April 18, 2011
Bear Hunts

Lawmakers Consider Repealing Ban on Spring Bear Hunt

Black bear in the woods
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Division of Wildlife

State lawmakers worried about the growing bear population are considering giving Colorado wildlife officials more say over when the animals can be hunted.

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