Connecticut Drops Bear Lottery, For Now

CT DEEP, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) has dropped their plans from earlier this year for a bear hunt lottery system making way for a limited number of people to hunt the bruins in their state.

The proposal did not make it to the General Assembly as it only got as far Gov. Malloy's office and the Office of Policy and Management.

The plan for a bear hunting lottery was originally part of DEEP's draft of its legislative package for this year, but the department decided to remove it as they stated that they wanted to further study the bear population, growth trends and population patterns before it was sent to the legislature.

Reported bear sightings were 37 times more common last year than in 1995 and the state now has between 500 and 1,000 bears. The black bear population will double every five to seven years at its current trajectory. The states DEEP is improving its methods of monitoring the bear population, which involves reported sightings, radio collars on bears , monitored breeding and survival rates and other methods.

Those in the Connecticut DEEP believes it is something that the state is likely to consider in the future and with the aid of additional research, they can have a factual, rational, civil discussion of the issue at that time.

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