DEC proposes bear hunting for Columbia County
May 19, 2011 11:09 am
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="664" caption="From DEC."][/caption]New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Joe Martens proposed, on Wed. May 18, allowing black bear hunting east of the Hudson River including in Columbia County. Bear hunting is already allowed in Greene County during hunting season. "The proposed adjustments to bear hunting in the Southern bear range are part of our continuing effort to better manage bear populations and provide excellent hunting opportunities in New York State," Commissioner Martens said. "Black bears are thriving in New York and have expanded their range considerably in recent years. Increasing opportunities for bear hunting in the Southern Zone will help alleviate agricultural and homeowner conflicts with bears, provide recreational opportunity, and facilitate wise use of bear meat and hides." Hunting season for Columbia county would be the same as Greene under the proposal. Additional information about black bears is available at www.dec.ny.gov/animals/6960.html. To see a detailed description of the proposal, including instructions for providing comments, go to www.dec.ny.gov/regulations/propregulations.html on the DEC website. Comments on the proposal will be accepted through July 5.