Michigan Officials Study Bear IssuesMichigan DNR, Bear Hunting Magazine
Michigan has an estimated 15,000 to 19,000 black bears. About 90 percent of them are thought to be in the Upper Peninsula, but sightings in the southern Lower Peninsula, while still rare, are becoming more frequent.
State wildlife officials have scheduled public hearings in Michigan this month to discuss bear management issues. The state Department of Natural Resources will help gather information over the next nine months with the goal of having a bear management plan in draft form in winter 2009.
Meetings run from 6-9 p.m. in each location. Upcoming meetings:
" Monday, Aug. 11: Hillman, Hillman Recreation Center, 24220 Veterans Memorial Hwy.
" Tuesday, Aug. 12: Cadillac, Carl T. Johnson Hunting and Fishing Center, 6087 East M-115.
" Monday, August 18: Lansing, Best Western Midway, 7711 West Saginaw Hwy.