Black Bear Statistics 2010
BLACK BEAR STATISTICS HARVEST REPORT 2010
Wildlife biologists with the New-Brunswick Department of Natural Resources have compiled preliminary figures for the 2010 black bear harvests season
(Big Game Report 2010).
An upper first premolar is collected at the time of registration for age analysis. Teeth were sectioned and cementum annuli counted by Matson’s Lab in Milltown, Montana, to estimate age of harvested bear.
(2009 BLACK BEAR FACTS INFORMATION HARVEST REPORT)
Here's the report:
Harvest data is the principal source of information for monitoring black bear population status in the province.
Hunters harvested a total of 1,777 black bears during New Brunswick’s 2010 hunting seasons.
- 1432 bears were taken in the spring season
- 289 were taken during the fall gun season
- 56 were taken during the fall bow-only season in September
Of the 25 Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ’s) that have black bear populations, 8 WMZ’s (5, 7, 10, 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21) contributed 55% of the total harvest.
A total of 5,308 black bear licences were sold in 2010, up by 2% from 2009 (5,185). Of this total, 2,146 were non-resident licences of which only 1,984 were actually used by non-resident hunters.
The non-resident licences sold included 85 that were purchased by outfitters and guides
but were unused by their non-resident clients.
Included as well were 76 licences purchased through the draw system by non-residents who did not pick them up.
There were 3,163 New Brunswick residents who purchased bear hunting licences.
Non-resident hunters harvested 1,260 bears for a 64% success rate, whereas residents harvested 517 bears for a success rate of 16%.
Of the total harvest, 468 animals (26 percent) were taken by bow hunting. Of 167 bears reported killed that were not taken by hunters, 111 were killed by motor vehicles and 41 were destroyed as nuisance animals.
New Brunswick’s black bear population is currently estimated at more than 16,000 animals. Bear hunters should expect to have an average year during the 18 weeks of bear hunting opportunity in
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