Southwest Units 32 and 22 Black Bear Season Proposals 2019-2020

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Comment Period Closes 2/24/2019

Thanks you for your interest in black bears in Units 32 and 22. Please review the remaining Southwest regional proposals for deer, elk, pronghorn, other black bear, mountain lion, and wolf.


Southwest Region

Proposed Changes for the 2019-2020 Big Game Seasons

Controlled Hunt Bear in Units 32 and 22

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: For additional information addressing Units 32 and 22 black bear, please review this article (opens in new window).

The controlled bear hunts in Units 22, 32, 31 and 32A are highly valued by hunters, with draw odds of 5% to  8% on spring hunts and 10% to 14% on fall hunts. This is largely because good bear habitat combined with special management has resulted in high bear numbers and good numbers of mature bears in these units. However, one unintended consequence of these high bear numbers is a high rate of bear conflicts on private lands, particularly in Units 22 and 32.

Diverse and sometimes conflicting goals in these units create unique management challenges. Because of this, we have developed options for each hunt, each of which meets some goals better than others. Please review the goals for each unit, and rank the options in order of your preference. For more detailed information about these hunts, please review this article.