World famous bear biologist Lynn Rodgers with a wild research bear and her cub
It appears you could, through baiting, really wipe out the bear population very quickly.’’ — Dave Garshelis, top Minnesota bear biologist in 2017
Dave Garshelis, the top DNR bear biologist in Minnesota, said that their bear population has crashed due to overkill the past six years. However, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources continues to promote killing nearly twice as many bears here the past eight years.
The Minnesota Star Tribune reported: “Over the past two decades, Minnesota’s population of black bears has plunged steeply, from 25,000 to an estimated range of 12,000 to 15,000. Tighter hunting restrictions have aimed, without much luck, to reverse the trend.”
Instead of increasing quotas for 2017, the Minnesota DNR tightened them. With natural food supplies again in short supply this year, Garshelis said, “It took a while for the…
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