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Bear management meeting upcoming

There will be a meeting in December to discuss the future of bear management in Michigan. “This group represents our Michigan Bear Forum,” said Michigan DNR wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson. “We have a wide range of members who make up this group, each representing a slightly different view with regard to bear management in Michigan.” The Michigan Bear Forum will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the Little Bear East Arena, located in St. Ignace. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss bear management and regulations, while assessing 2017 harvest statistics. The meeting is open to the public.
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While out in the field, hunters and trappers could come upon a denned black bear. The Michigan DNR is looking for locations of denned bears in the northern Lower Peninsula. This is to fit the bears with radio collars for an ongoing bear management program. Those who encounter bear dens in the northern Lower Peninsula are asked to record the location, with a GPS unit if possible, and contact Mark Boersen at 989-275-5151 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with specific location information. As a reminder, it is illegal to disturb, harm or molest a bear in its den.
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