Residents Reminded to take Precautions Black bears are beginning a period of increased feeding activity in preparation for winter hibernation. During this time, bears may become more attracted to human-provided food sources and lose their natural fear of people, which can lead to dangerous encounters.
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The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) received over 4,300 black bear lottery applications this year, which is a 19 percent increase over last year. “We are excited to kick-off the 2015 bear hunt in western Maryland, which is an important management tool used to slow the growth of the state’s black bear population,” said Harry Read the Rest…
A Flintstone man was found guilty yesterday in Allegany District Court of illegally hunting a black bear and a deer. He was fined $500, ordered to pay $800 in restitution to the state, and had his hunting privileges suspended for one year.
The 11th annual Maryland black bear hunt concluded Thursday evening, with a total of 69 bears harvested. For the first time, the hunt was carried out as a four-day season instead of being guided by a predetermined quota.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is currently accepting applications for this year’s lottery for black bear hunting permits. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the black bear hunting season scheduled to take place October 20 through 23, 2014.
Bears are beginning to leave their winter dens and search for food now that their long winter slumber has come to an end. Since natural foods are scarce in the early spring, they often seek out human-provided sources. Those living in, or visiting bear country can help keep Maryland’s black bears wild by being proactive Read the Rest…
Cooling fall temperatures signal black bears to begin a period of increased feeding activity to prepare for hibernation. During this time bears may be attracted to human-provided food sources ─ such as trash, pet food and birdfeeders ─ and lose their natural fear of people, which can lead to dangerous encounters and conflicts.
While black bears are typically found in Western Maryland (Garrett, Allegany, Washington and Frederick counties), the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds citizens that sightings in suburban areas are not uncommon this time of year.
Steve Oliver from Delaware County, Pa. won the 17th annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Contest with his painting, Morning Stroll, of a black bear taking a walk along a riverbank.
The 17th annual Black Bear Conservation and 39th annual Migratory Game Bird Stamp design contests are open and ready for submissions. Waterfowl and wildlife artists can submit their original artwork for the contests through March 15. The Department of Natural Resources will judge the contest entries on March 24, 2013 at the Patuxent National Wildlife Read the Rest…