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Black bear. Photo: Eric Kilby, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

DEC adopts10-year black bear management plan

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) The Department of Environmental Conservation is adopting a 10-year plan to monitor and manage black bear populations in the state.

Several revisions were made to the plan after public comments were reviewed. One change clarified that the agency plans to assess the pros and cons of using dogs, bait or cable restraints for taking bears, although none of the measures are currently proposed for use.

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Wildlife biologists will monitor the bear population, assess bear impacts and identify population trend objectives, recommend ways to expand areas open to bear hunting and increase hunting opportunities in parts of southeastern New York.

The plan proposes some changes to bear hunting regulations for Fall 2014. Public comments will be accepted through July 7.

The plan is available on the department's website.

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