New York Harvest Numbers Up For 2007NY Dept. of Environment Conservation, Bear Hunting Magazine
Hunters in New York took 1,117 black bears during the 2007 hunting season, about a 40 percent increase over the 796 bears taken in the 2006 season.
Aiming to limit bear-population growth and migration to new areas, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has changed the hunting rules to increase the harvest of black bears. The changes included opening the season earlier and expanding the areas open to hunting.
Hunters took 453 bears in the Catskills, a 24 percent increase. Five-hundred-forty-four bears were taken in the Adirondacks, a 71 percent increase from 2006. In the Allegany range, hunters bagged 120 bears, up slightly from 113 in 2006.
The DEC says that about 70 of the bears taken in 2007 were taken in parts of the Allegany and Catskill ranges that were opened to hunters in 2005.