New York Now Requires Bears To Be TaggedNew York DEC, Bear Hunting Magazine
The Governor of New York signed a law to protect bears from illegal poaching of their gallbladders and bile. It took effect January 1, 2012 and requires hunters to attach a New York state DEC issued tag to each bear taken. The state is hoping this will will reduce the number of bears that are illegally killed and sold for their parts.
There are forty-five other states besides New York that have restrictions the on sale, trade and possession of bear organs. Bear gallbladders and bile are sold for thousands of dollars in the United States and abroad for medicinal purposes.
They hope that this will help reduce the number of illegal sales, as people selling bear parts without tags can no longer claim that the parts were obtained in New York, closing one of the loopholes that allowed their sale.