California Closes 2012 Bear Season

California Dept. Of Fish & Game, Bear Hunting Magazine

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) closed the 2012 black bear hunting season on Tuesday, December 18th. The California DFG verified that 1,700 bears have been harvested by hunters. Tags yet to be received by DFG will put the total harvest at slightly more than 1,700 bears.

DFG is mailing notices to all bear tag holders, informing them that the season is closed. DFG wardens, biologists and customer service staff will also inform hunters they encounter that the season is closed. Statewide media sources and the California Fish and Game Commission will also be notified.

All bear tags, including unsuccessful tags, must be returned to the DFG Wildlife Branch, P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94299-0002, by February 1, 2013.

Tags also can be reported online by logging into the Automated Data Licensing System. More details can be found at .

Hunters must present their bears to a DFG employee for tag validation immediately after taking the bear. Furthermore, successful hunters must present the skull to a DFG employee within 10 days of taking the bear to collect biological samples.

Teeth and hair samples are extracted from the bears to determine the age of the bear and provide DNA information that will give DFG biologists an indication about the overall health of the state's bear population.

News Flash From 12/15/2012:
The harvest as of December 10, 2012 stands at 1, 536 bears. Pursuant to Section 365(e), Title 14, California Code of Regulations, the general bear hunting season will close on December 30, 2012, or when the DFG receives report of 1,700 bears taken, whichever occurs first.

For daily updates on reported bear harvest, call toll-free (888) 277-6398.

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