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Black Bear Management

Once limited to small, isolated populations in only the most inaccessible mountain regions of the state, conservative bear management has allowed black bear populations to increase dramatically in number and distribution in recent decades. However, as bear populations increase and more people choose to live and recreate in areas occupied by bears, human-bear conflicts also increase. Thus, managing bear populations is critically important and managers are challenged to balance diverse public interests in bears with concern for public safety.

Draft Black Bear Management Plan

map of NY showing black bear management objectives by Wildlife Management Unit

DEC's Draft Management Plan for Black Bear in New York State, 2014-2024 (PDF) (1.8 MB) was released in January 2014 and public comments on the plan were accepted until February 21, 2014.

In addition to describing the current and desired future status of bear populations in various geographic regions of New York, the plan will describe five primary goals identified by DEC staff that encompass the current priorities of bear managers and values and issues expressed by the public:

  1. Maintain bear populations at levels acceptable to the public;
  2. Promote and enhance bear hunting as an important management tool;
  3. Minimize the frequency and severity of human-bear conflicts;
  4. Foster understanding and communication about bear ecology, management, and conflict avoidance; and
  5. Ensure that the necessary resources are available to support effective management of black bears in New York.

Black Bear Management Resources


More about Black Bear Management:

  • Stakeholder Input Groups - Describes the process and history of using stakeholders to identify positive and negative impacts associated with black bears.