April 24, 2019

Outdoors: Management of state’s growing black bear population key

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The 2015 black bear hunting season opens Tuesday with new regulations to help manage an ever-growing population of bears within the state. More than 4,500 black bear roam state forests now and there aren’t many suitable places left for them to expand. As a result, many desperate young males are entering inferior, marginal territories in suburbs and even cities.

We’ve thus far failed to keep their numbers in check. One problem is the lack of skilled and dedicated bear hunters. There will be far more hunters out Tuesday for the opening of the goose season. Previous regulations have also proven too restrictive.

Source: Outdoors: Management of state’s growing black bear population key – Sports – telegram.com – Worcester, MA

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