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Black bear management plan open for public comment beginning March 25

Published by Central Office March 12, 2019

Contact(s): Scott Walter, DNR large carnivore specialist, 608-279-5250

MADISON - Wisconsin wildlife officials will accept public input on a revision to Wisconsin's black bear management plan beginning March 25.

A revised the plan to outline objectives and strategies to guide black bear management in the state from 2019-2029 will be available for comment beginning March 25.  - Photo credit: DNR
A revised the plan to outline objectives and strategies to guide black bear management in the state from 2019-2029 will be available for comment beginning March 25. Photo credit: DNR

The Department of Natural Resources has revised the plan to outline objectives and strategies to guide black bear management in the state from 2019-2029. The plan will be available for public comment at dnr.wi.gov, keyword "bear" from March 25 through April 14.

DNR staff will present the plan at six informational sessions around the state. Each meeting will run from 7-9 p.m. - dates and locations are as follows:

"There's likely no wildlife species more emblematic of our northern forests," noted Scott Walter, DNR Large Carnivore Specialist. "The management plan emphasizes the science-based approach to managing our state's black bear population and will also address current issues such as range expansion into southern counties, agricultural damage, and hunting opportunity. Given the ecological importance of black bears and their direct relevance to so many people, we're excited to get this plan into the hands of the public."

To learn more about black bears in Wisconsin, search keyword "bear."

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

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