Black bears

A bear battalion

At least three bears reportedly responsible for more than 150 incident reports in the region straddling Northern California and Nevada.

Thousands apply for Missouri bear hunting permit

(Photo by Windigo Images)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s first-ever bear hunt is drawing plenty of interest. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that 6,335 people applied for one of the 400 permits the Missouri Department of Conservation will issue for a harvest of 40 bears. Revenue from those applications amounted to more than $63,000. Winners of a random drawing of eligible…

Man pleads guilty to poaching 700-pound black bear on reservation

Brett Stimac, 41, of Brainerd, Minnesota, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of wildlife trafficking and trespassing on Indian land for the September 2019 incident, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the District of Minnesota. Prosecutors have said Stimack killed the bear with a compound bow near the reservation’s garbage dump and came back later to remove the bear’s head for a trophy.

A black bear in Indiana?

If the bruin, spotted near the border, makes it into the state, it would be among just a handful of confirmed black bear sightings in the state since the 1870s.

Challenging bear season arrives

Early bear season is getting under way in parts of New York. This includes a season that runs from Sept. 7-22 in parts of Regions 3 and 4 in southeastern New York, as well as the traditional early season in Regions 5 and 6 that begins on Sept.14 and continues on into the early muzzleloading and regular big game season…