Hype or Mismanagement? Black bear numbers, and complaints, are way up. And poor wildlife management certainly plays a role. It's no surprise that in places where hunts have been canceled-New Jersey, New Mexico, Colorado and Ontario-problems with black bears have grown. Grizzly population surveys are less reliable, in part because of the political wrangling over their endangered status. Lots of grizzlies would mean, among other things, possible sport-hunting, which many environmental groups strongly oppose.