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Bear forum to be held Dec. 7

ST. IGNACE — A Michigan Bear Forum will be from 10 a.m. to 4 pm. Dec. 7 at the Little Bear East Arena, 275 Marquette St., St. Ignace.

The purpose of this meeting is to discuss bear management and regulations for the 2020-2021 regulation cycle, while assessing 2019 harvest statistics.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division staff members will provide an overview of long-term harvest statistics, population estimates, research and season updates, and trend indicators for each bear management unit. DNR staffers also will be available after the meeting to answer additional questions.

This annual meeting provides an opportunity to engage with a wide array of stakeholders and others who have an interest in Michigan bear management, including those representing various sportsmen’s clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, the agricultural community, and nonaffiliated bait and hound hunters throughout the state.

Additional information about black bears in Michigan can bee found at Michigan.gov/Bear. Questions about the Bear Forum can be directed to Cody Norton, 906-228-6561.