Minnesota Bear Harvest Up Slightly From Last Fall So Far

Minnesota’s black bear season opened Sept. 1, and through Tuesday, a total of 1,131 bears had been taken, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Through the first seven days of the season, a total of 1,118 bears were registered, up 14 percent from the same period of the 2014 hunt.

A total of 3,700 permits were issued to hunters in the Quota Zone for this fall’s hunt, and another 2,800 or more hunters outside that zone were expected to buy over-the-counter licenses.

A total, of 1,627 bears were taken in Minnesota last year, and the 2013 harvest was 1,866. Those were the lowest harvest totals since the 1980s. Minnesota’s bear population, an estimated 12,000 to 15,000, has dropped from an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 in 2001. The DNR had kept the number of permits low, hoping to allow the population to expand.

3 Responses

  1. Zig Pope

    How appalling.

    Celebrating the baited, not hunted, dead. And then hunters wonder why people have turned against them.

  2. Lori Rosenthal

    I love your column and have read it for years. I do wish, however, we could correct the terminology from “harvest” to more appropriately, kill. We harvest corn and soybeans, not animals. Thanks!

    1. Sam Cook

      I don’t like using that term, either, Lori. If you don’t use that at least some of the time, however, you have a story full of “shot,” “killed,” etc., which, although true, can get to be a bit too much when used repeatedly through a story. I rationalize that “harvest” is a term biologists use to describe the amount of fish or game taken over a period of time, and I use it only in that context. I would never say of an individual hunter, for instance, “He drew back her bow and harvested the deer.” Still, it isn’t perfect. Thanks for reading.

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