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2011 bear_revised.eps

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“Living with New York Black Bears” (Great Outdoors Multimedia 2007).

bear0003_opt_opt.pngTake an inside look at the mysterious world of black bears and learn some secrets to sharing the landscape with bears. This video will explore the history of black bears, the challenges that face New York black bear biologists, and how landowners can responsibly and safely share their neighborhood with bears.

Know Of Any Active Bear Dens?

DEC wants to know about occupied dens. Please call the nearest wildlife office.

New York State Bear Management Cooperator Program

The Bureau of Wildlife is requesting the assistance of successful black bear hunters in New York State.

BearPatch2011_opt_opt.pngHunters who harvest a bear in New York are reminded to report their harvest through the DECALS telephone system at 1-866-426-3778 (1-866-GAMERPT) or use the new online Harvest Reporting System at A collection packet including tooth extraction instructions will be sent explaining how to remove and return a small tooth from the bear. For Southern Zone harvested bears, a DEC wildlife biologist may contact you to examine your bear and will at that time remove a tooth.

Report your bear and return a bear tooth to receive a commemorative 2011 NYS Black Bear Cooperator Patch.



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