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Maryland Black Bear Lottery Now Open

July 16th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is now accepting applications for the 2019 black bear hunt lottery. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the five-day hunting season, taking place Oct. 21-25 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties. The department will issue 800 hunting permits this year.

The annual bear hunt is an important management tool used to slow the increase of Maryland’s black bear population and limit expansion of Maryland bears into the eastern suburbs and cities.

“Maryland’s closely regulated, sustainable black bear hunt is now in its 16th year,” Wildlife and Heritage Service Director Paul Peditto said. “This hunt has been helping us achieve our management goal of limiting the growth our bear population while ensuring a secure and sustainable future for this remarkable species.”

Hunters may apply for the lottery online, at regional service centers, or at one of more than 250 hunting and fishing license agents across the state. Hunters need a valid DNR ID number to participate.

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