Due to a growing population, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) will offer more black bear permits during the 2018 hunting season.
“The state’s bear population has been growing steadily since 1998, especially in the southeastern part of the state,” says Darren DeBloois, DWR game mammals coordinator. “The state’s bear population is doing really well. We’re excited about that.”
This past season, the number of permits issued resulted in hunters taking 365 bears in Utah. At its Jan. 11 meeting, members of the Utah Wildlife Board — a panel of seven citizens appointed by the governor — approved a permit increase that will likely result in about 400 bears being taken.
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(Photo source: Utah Division of Wildlife Resources)