Black bears

Amid uncertainty of its future, New Jersey bear hunt resumes

TRENTON, N.J. — Sunrise Monday marked the start of New Jersey’s gun bear hunt, which could be the last bear hunt of any kind in the state for some time. The firearm-only season takes place from Monday to Saturday, although state officials can extend the hunt to the following week if there aren’t enough bears killed. The hunt comes just…

Black bear population continues to grow in northeast Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. — An Auburn University study shows the black bear population has grown in northeast Alabama. The Alabama black bear population has more than doubled in the past four years, said Todd Steury of the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences. He said the bears migrated from north Georgia. “One interesting aspect we observed is that mother bears in…

Hunters, outdoors types asked to report bear dens near Grand Rapids

Hunters and other recreationists spending time outdoors this fall are being asked by the Minnesota DNR to report the locations of occupied bear dens they encounter in and around the Chippewa National Forest, north of Grand Rapids. Bear researchers with the DNR are studying bears in this area using GPS tracking collars and would like to add more animals to…

Hunters asked to report bear den sightings in northern Lower Peninsula

The Michigan DNR is on the lookout for locations of denned bears in the northern Lower Peninsula in order to fit the bears with radio collars for an ongoing bear management program. “Information gathered from bears assists in managing the black bear population,” said Mark Boersen, wildlife biologist at the DNR Roscommon Customer Service Center. “Currently, we have six female…

Grizzly attacks men hunting black bears in Montana

KALISPELL, Mont. — Montana wildlife authorities say a man shot and killed a grizzly bear after it ran out of some brush and bit his adult son’s arm. The father and son were hunting black bears near the Hungry Horse Reservoir when the bear attacked. Authorities say the men didn’t see the bear until it was about 12 feet away. The father…

Keeping Michigan’s black bears at a distance

(Michigan DNR)The Department of Natural Resources is asking Michigan residents to help keep the state’s up-north icon a wild animal by keeping bears at a distance. With many people – whether seasonal visitors or year-round residents – outdoors and enjoying northern Michigan in the summer months, removing bird feeders is an easy answer to bear problems. Michigan’s estimated black bear population is over 12,000…