The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has adopted a ten-year black bear management plan which outlines the principles and methods used to monitor and manage black bear populations in New York and is designed to provide strategic guidance for the DEC’s activities. The plan includes several proposed changes to hunting rules, for which the DEC is seeking public comments.
The final Black Bear Management Plan for New York State, 2014-2024 is available at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/7215.
To begin implementing the new bear plan, DEC is proposing rule changes that would establish bear hunting seasons in all of upstate New York, create a supplemental early firearms season for bears in the Catskills and Western Hudson Valley area, and provide a uniform start for bowhunting and early bear seasons in the Northern Zone. Locally (DEC Regions 5 and 6), the proposed rule would allow bear hunting in Wildlife Management Units (WMUs) 6A, 6G, 6N, and all of 6K during the Northern Zone early bowhunting season, early muzzleloader season, and regular firearms season; allow bear hunting in WMUs 5R, 6P, 6R, and 6S during the Southern Zone early and late bowhunting seasons, regular firearms season, and late muzzleloading season; and begin the Northern Zone bowhunting season for bears on the same day as the early bear season, the 1st Saturday after the 2nd Monday in September (2nd Saturday after Labor Day).
DEC will accept written public comment on the proposed hunting rule changes through July 7, 2014.
The rulemaking documents can be seen on the DEC website at www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/
The proposed rule can also be viewed in the May 21, 2014 publication of the New York State Register, which is posted on the DOS website at www.dos.ny.gov/info/register/
Citizens who wish to make formal public comments may do so by sending an email to: email@example.com.
Photo: American black bear by Cephas @ Wikimedia Commons.