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January 12, 2012
Proposed Bear Hunt Lottery in Connecticut - 2

A proposal for a bear-hunt lottery in Connecticut is being reviewed this week.

If passed, the lottery could lead to a legal hunting season for black bears in Connecticut – the first one since 1840. According to Paul Rego, a wildlife biologist at the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s wildlife division, black bears were hunted and driven out of the state to make room for farms. But the bears started returning in the 1980s, and they are now thriving.

The number of reported bear sightings has increased – from 75 in 1995 to 2,786 last year, Rego told the Hartford Courant. And the growing bear population is becoming a problem for some residents, as some bears frequently visit and dig through garbage cans, bird feeders and compost piles for food, resulting in property damage. Rego says this trend will continue to rise if the population is not controlled.

"I would say the population will continue an upward swing and the costs associated with dealing with bears will increase," Rego told the Hartford Courant. "It will spread over a bigger part of the state. There will be more frequent property damage and more frequent public safety threats. … The only feasible alternative is to control the population somehow, and I think the most efficient way to do that is through regulated hunting."

However, even if Gov. Dannel P. Malloy’s office does approve this proposal, there are still many details that have to be worked out before there is an actual season.

"What this proposal aims to do is just give us a tool that might be useful in the future when we come to, or if we come to, a point where we determine a bear hunt is a direction that we would want to go," Hyatt told the Hartford Courant.

 

Photo courtesy of solviturambulando at Flickr.

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from Tarik Gurer wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

My name is Tarik Gurer, and i was born and raised in CT, there have always been bears in this state i remember seeing them when i was a kid, I am a hunter as well but i agree with Joshua Haynes people just need to learn how to cope with the growing population of black bears, his wording was very good, they are an inconvenience NOT a nuisance. in my opinion i do not believe we should have a bear hunting season unless there is a real need for it, people just need to sacrifice and slightly adjust their lifestyle.

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from Joshua Haynes wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

People have reached their carrying capacity in CT not the bears. I do not believe there is a population control issue when there are only 1000 bears in the state. The residents need to be educated on how to prevent "nuiscance" activity from bears by securing their trash cans and not leaving food out in their yards. As a hunter and environmental science major I agree with the management of a population when there is a need for it, not when it is because it poses an inconvenience to humans or the little revenue it will generate.

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from Joshua Haynes wrote 2 years 13 weeks ago

People have reached their carrying capacity in CT not the bears. I do not believe there is a population control issue when there are only 1000 bears in the state. The residents need to be educated on how to prevent "nuiscance" activity from bears by securing their trash cans and not leaving food out in their yards. As a hunter and environmental science major I agree with the management of a population when there is a need for it, not when it is because it poses an inconvenience to humans or the little revenue it will generate.

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from Tarik Gurer wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

My name is Tarik Gurer, and i was born and raised in CT, there have always been bears in this state i remember seeing them when i was a kid, I am a hunter as well but i agree with Joshua Haynes people just need to learn how to cope with the growing population of black bears, his wording was very good, they are an inconvenience NOT a nuisance. in my opinion i do not believe we should have a bear hunting season unless there is a real need for it, people just need to sacrifice and slightly adjust their lifestyle.

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