New York state expands bear hunting

The Black Bear of Lake Louise

 ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York state is loosening restrictions on bear hunting to limit the animals’ population growth.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation announced a new bear management plan this week that calls for a special early bear hunting season in September in areas of the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley region.

The new plan makes other slight changes to bear hunting rules, including bear hunting seasons in every county north of New York City.

The state says the rules are designed to increase hunting opportunities and manage bear populations. The plan also includes scientific monitoring of the number of black bears in New York state. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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