More States Debating Bear Hunting Seasons
Connecticut Looking AheadCT DEP, Bear Hunting Magazine
Most areas of the United States are continuing to see an increase in their black bear populations. Because of this states who have not had a bear hunting season in years are looking at it as a way to manage their increasing populations.
Connecticut is the latest state to look into this. Their state wildlife officials are considering the possibility of having its first bear hunt in 170 years. Bears had left the state back in the mid-1880s, but have since migrated back and sightings have spiked from 75 in 1995 to 2,786 in 2011. A state wildlife biologist stated that there is no plan yet for a hunting season, but that state biologists do view it as an option.