Black bear controversy in the Catskills
I have seen public comment asking the DEC to consider allowing hunters to take more than one bear and to extend the bear season longer into December as an alternative to an early season. This would likely have minimal effects on populations, as most hunters don’t set out to shoot a bear; they will only shoot one if given the opportunity, and the majority of bears have already entered their den by the first week in December.
The DEC is accepting public comments on the black bear management plan for 2014-2024 until July 7. It can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/press/97082.html, along with instructions on how to submit. I encourage all who are interested to do so, or to contact the Catskill Forest Association at 845/586-3054.
[John MacNaught writes Facebook postings, along with education forester Ryan Trapani, for the Catskill Forest Association.]