Friday, 13 January 2012 09:57
New plan provides hunters with new opportunities
Salt Lake City — Starting this spring, bear hunters will have opportunities they've never had before in Utah.
More hunters can hunt black bears in Utah this year.
Photo by Lynn Chamberlain
The new opportunities have been made possible through a new bear management plan the Utah Wildlife Board approved in 2011.
John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, says the plan is giving more people a chance to hunt bears in Utah. "At the same time," Shivik says, "the plan provides some important safeguards to keep the state's bear populations healthy and safe."
Board approves hunting rules
At their Jan. 12 meeting, members of the Wildlife Board approved black bear hunting and pursuit rules for Utah's 2012 seasons.
All of the rules the board approved will be available in the 2012 Utah Black Bear Guidebook.
The guidebook should be available at wildlife.utah.gov/guidebooks by Jan. 31. The following are some highlights:
Protecting the bears
In addition to providing some new hunting opportunities, the new plan provides bears with some important safeguards:
In addition to the number of female bears and adult male bears hunters take, biologists are also using two important bear studies to monitor the health of Utah's bear population:
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