November 30, 2022

Virginia's Bear Population Bigger Now Than Since Before Civil War

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The black bear wasn’t around much around the turn of the 20th century in Virginia. As a matter of fact, it was nearly extinct but since that time efforts by many, mostly through forestry practices and hunting regulations, have seen the population grow from perhaps fewer than a 100 in 1900 to between 5 and 6 thousand now.

Hunters take about 20 percent of the total each year during the annual bear hunt. This harvest total is not diminishing the population of bears. As a matter of fact the overall population continues to grow. Hunting helps keep it in check, providing for a healthier habitat.

The majority of the bear population lives in the Appalachian Mountains.

Tom Remington