Bear hunting now allowed in all Piedmont counties

A growing black bear population in North Carolina has led to new regulations that allow bear hunting in all Piedmont counties.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission voted Wednesday in favor of a proposal that establishes a Piedmont bear hunting season.

State officials say it will help maintain a healthy bear population in North Carolina.

The decision comes after a series of community meetings and research by biologists.

North Carolina Wildlife Biologist Ann May says the new rules will also help control human encounters with bears.

“Their [bear] population has increased over the last 30 years increasing about 6 percent a year and they are naturally expanding their range,” May explained. “Hunting is the method of managing population numbers.”

Allowing hunting in the Piedmont is supported under the state’s 10-year Black Bear Management Plan.

The Commission also decided Wednesday to allow hunters without dogs to use unprocessed food to bait bears so long as it’s on private land. Hunters will not be able to kill bears while they eat.

The new regulations will take effect August 1st, 2014.

A spokesperson for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission says final 2014-2015 bear hunting season dates will be announced in August.

The 2013-14 map shows counties where bear hunting was previously allowed. All counties in white now allow bear hunting for the 2014-15 season.

The 2013-14 map shows counties where bear hunting was previously allowed. All counties in white now allow bear hunting for the 2014-15 season.

10 comments

  • Diane Purcell

    Oh boy – I can see it now – c’mon Skippy let’s go get us a bear! I sure hope people are careful! These things will turn on you when wounded. Also hope people don’t think their regular hunting dogs can handle a bear.

  • dewey

    “Their [bear] population has increased over the last 30 years increasing about 6 percent a year and they are naturally expanding their range,” May explained.

    OK, but in the last 30 years, how much of their natural habitat and range has been cut down to build a new developments that sits half empty, and then we wonder why we have lions, tigers and bears oh my!

  • Jennifer

    Dear Governor McCrory; PLEASE take Note of This INSANE, Murderous “law???” BEFORE any Human Beings get hurt!!! the 15 acres behind my Jamestown residence is ALREADY TOO dangerous to walk in(And.. Privately Owned by my Mom!!!) NOW, You are going to allow the Careless Fools to shoot bears Too?? Jamestown/High point? Greensboro ARE in the Piedmont!!! We Had Bears on the Greensboro Greenway this past year, as well as A&T university and MULTIPLE Neighborhoods… PLEASE, PLEASE DONT ALLOW HUNTERS IN OUR BACKYARDS!!!!

  • Jennifer

    Perhaps the Current, New, Obviously Escalating invasion of Black Bears (in these increasing numbers) in the Piedmont/Triad areas Should be RECOGNIZED as A FEDERAL State of Emergency for North Carolina Citizens… THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO SAFELY Control This NEW, Frightening (And NOW-IN-OUR-FACE) Black bear Problem!!! Declaring Bear Hunting In the NC Piedmont Will be the END of OUR State!!! Stop it BEFORE it STARTS… PLEASE!!!!??

  • Curious

    Bears are leaving their natural habitat due to overcrowding. This law is a good one that will allow the population to diminish without bears starving to death or being forced into heavily populated areas.

Comments are closed.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 32,630 other followers