Connecticut Bear Licenses Clear One HurdleConnecticut DEEP, Bear Hunting Magazine
Legislation creating a new lottery in Connecticut for bear hunting licenses cleared a key legislative committee yesterday when the Environment Committee voted 19-to-9 in favor of a bill requiring the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) to submit a report next year on the possibility of establishing a lottery.
Those in favor of the proposal stated it would help to raise revenue to help pay for items such as parks and hatcheries, charging hunters $10 for the opportunity to purchase a $200 bear hunting permit.
While Connecticut does not currently have a bear hunting season, lawmakers said DEEP has the authority to establish one it decides it's necessary.
In submitted testimony, DEEP officials suggested the state wait for data from a four-year study being conducted by the University of Connecticut of the black bear population in the northwestern part of the state. DEEP biologists are also collecting information about bears in the state.