Thursday, May 22, 2014

DEC Adopts Black Bear Plan, Seeks Comments On New Rules

American black bear by Cephas @ Wikimedia CommonsThe 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  A key element of the plan expands areas open to bear hunting throughout upstate New York and increases hunting in portions of southeastern New York. In a statement to the press the agency said “DEC plans to assess the tradeoffs and implications of use of dogs, bait or live capture cable-restraints for taking bears, though none of these measures are currently being proposed for use in New York at this time.”

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

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

Citizens who wish to make formal public comments may do so by sending an email to: or by writing to: Mr. Bryan L. Swift, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Bureau of Wildlife, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-4754.

Photo: American black bear by Cephas @ Wikimedia Commons.

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One Response

  1. Mary DelPlato says:

    sickening…a life for the almighty dollar

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