October 22, 2019
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How Maine’s bear management policy has evolved over time

Courtesy of Sharon Fiedler
Courtesy of Sharon Fiedler
A black bear walks near Taylor Bait Pond in Orono.

— 1770: First bounty payment.

— 1931: Classified as game animal; bounties paid in some portions of the state.

— 1957: Bounty on bears repealed.

— 1963: Mandatory reporting of harvested bears.

— 1975: Telemetry study initiated.

— 1980: Emergency closure of hunting season because the harvest was projected to exceed the goal.

— 1982: Fall-only season with bait, dogs and traps permitted during the entire season.

— 2006: Passamaquoddy spring bear hunt initiated on tribal lands.

— 2009: Penobscot spring bear hunt initiated on tribal lands.

— 2011: Bag limit increased to two bears per hunter per year, with one taken by trapping, and one taken by hunting; hunters required to submit a tooth from harvested bears.

Source: Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife


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