Black bears

Barringer brings black bear bow slam to Classic

Bernie Barringer with the blonde black bear he arrowed to complete the black bear grand slam. (Photo courtesy of Bernie Barringer)The bear was on the modest side by most standards. But when one of the foremost black bear hunters in the world says the 250-pound bruin was the most remarkable bear he has ever shot, well, you wonder … What…

N.J. hunt culls 139 bears over 6 days, a steep drop from last year

(Photo by Windigo Images)TRENTON, N.J. — A total of 139 bears were killed during the first six-day period of New Jersey’s annual black bear hunt, as expected a steep drop from last year’s total following restrictions imposed by the governor. Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy this year barred bear hunting on state-owned lands, removing roughly 40 percent of the lands where…

Is a hunt the answer when bears start getting bolder?

CANTON, Conn. — Tom Bradley had grown accustomed to seeing black bears walk through his Connecticut neighborhood, but this month he was alarmed to find something trying to turn a doorknob to enter his house. He used his key fob to set off his car horn, to scare away whatever was in his garage. When he went outside, he saw…

Hunters asked not to shoot ear-tagged, radio-collared research bears

(Minnesota DNR)With the bear hunting season set to begin Saturday, Sept. 1, the Minnesota DNR asks that hunters avoid shooting research bears marked with distinctively large, colorful ear tags and have radio-collars. Researchers with the DNR are monitoring about 30 radio-collared black bears across the state, especially in zones 27, 25 and 45, and in parts of the no-quota zone….

Lack of food, dry weather chasing black bears in Arkansas

(Photo by Windigo Images)MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — Black Bear sightings in the Twin Lakes Area are increasing due to a lack of food, according biologist Allen Cathey with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. Normally, sightings of the bears increase during the spring. However, recent dry weather has caused a shortage of their primary food source during the summer. “It’s…

Relocated bear travels 70 miles, likely in search of cubs

HANOVER, N.H. — A bear that was relocated to northern New Hampshire a week ago after she and her cubs were raiding trash bins and bird feeders near Dartmouth College in Hanover is on the move, traveling nearly 70 miles in seven days as she likely tries to find her way back home and to her cubs. The bear was…

A different kind of bear season

Bears quickly learn how to acquire food, and in some cases that means intimidating humans or even destroying property, including vehicles.The early black bear hunting seasons in New York are still a couple months away. However, summer ushers in a bear season of its own, where it’s the bears that are doing the hunting – for food. This can be…