Hearing set on rules for bear hunt

Comments also accepted through mail and e-mail

Outdoors

March 02, 2004|By Candus Thomson

The Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on proposed regulations to govern the state's first black bear hunt in a half-century.

The department plans to hold a lottery-style hunt to cull 30 animals from a population estimated at 427. A bill to scuttle the hunt was killed last week in the House Environmental Matters Committee.

The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on March 10 at Beall Junior-Senior High School in Frostburg.

The hunt is scheduled to take place Oct. 25-30 and Dec. 6-11 in Garrett County and the portion of Allegany County that lies west of Evitt's Creek.

Hunters will be allowed to use all firearms and archery equipment, including crossbows. Hunting with dogs and baiting bears will not be permitted.

Public comments will also be accepted by e-mail at customerservice@dnr.state.md.us, or by mail at: Black Bear Project, 1728 King's Run Road, Oakland MD 21550. The comment period ends April 2.

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