Hunters need to be involved when the Michigan Bear Forum meets soon to discuss the future of bear management in Michigan.
The Forum is comprised of individuals representing various sportsmen’s clubs (including Safari Club International), the U.S. Forest Service, the agricultural community, and nonaffiliated bait and hound hunters throughout the state. The meeting, open to the public, will take place Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Bear East Arena, 275 Marquette St., St. Ignace.
The Forum will discuss bear management and regulations, while assessing 2017 harvest statistics. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff also will provide an overview of long-term harvest statistics, population estimates, research and season updates, and trend indicators for each bear management unit. DNR staff will be available to answer any questions.
Hunters will be able to weigh-in on Michigan’s bear management going forward. The DNR will use this meeting to kick off its effort to update the Michigan Bear Management Plan, which was last updated in 2008.