Motivating People, Managing Bears: The 5th International Human-Bear Conflicts Workshop

  A bear is running at you at 30 mph, 44 feet per second, if it is 88 feet away, will be on you in 2 seconds flat. Bear spray takes roughly 2-5 seconds to deploy, and while it is roughly 92% effective. Firearms can be easier to use but are often slightly less effective …

Issue of the Week: Successful Bear Management Leads to Opening of Hunting Season in Florida

This weekend, Florida’s first black bear hunting season in decades opens. The opening of the season is the culmination of years of bear recovery efforts. From only a few hundred individuals in the 1970s to more than 3,000 today, the Florida black bear is one of the state’s biggest conservation success stories. The opening of …

Issue of the Week: The New Jersey Bear Hunt

New Jersey has a complicated history with black bear hunting. Bear hunts were halted in 2004 and again between 2006 and 2009 because of law suits filed by anti-hunting groups.  During the 3 year period between 2006 and 2009, bear nuisance complaints increased significantly and the hunt was reinstated in 2010 to manage the population. …