Connecticut Looking Into Bear Hunt AgainConnecticut DEEP, Bear Hunting Magazine
The Connecticut General Assembly's Environment Committee will hold a hearing today on establishing bear hunting in the state. The bill does not specifically call for a hunt, but asks the DEEP to file a report by February 2014 on how to create a lottery system for bear hunting. It includes information on how a hunt would take place, such as, hunters would pay $10 to get a chance for a bear license. If they won, they would pay an additional $200 to get the license. The DEEP would also have to determine how many black bears could be harvested each year and which rural towns in the state's northwest and northeast corners would be where hunters could legally hunt the bears.
While the proposal may be premature, this is the first time in recent history that a bill creating a bear hunt has gotten this far in the Connecticut Legislature. The committee is considering the bill for the main reason that the number of black bears in the state and the number of nuisance reports received each year continues to climb.
A spokesman for the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said the DEEP and the University of Connecticut have begun a four-year study of black bears in Connecticut that they will complete in 2016. Because of this, the most likely course the committee will take is to delay action.