State agency has had success using the same approach to develop fisheries for northern pike and walleye.
Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Opponents contend bears are a slow-to-reproduce species and would be susceptible to overhunting. Proponents note how bears are moving into more urban areas and can be costly for the state to handle.
Bear hunting currently illegal in the state, but with about 6,700 black bear sightings in 2016 — a 49 percent increase over the previous year, and compared to only about 450 sightings in 2000 —