POLL: Should more bear hunting licenses be issued?

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NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hoping to increase the amount of licenses this year.

Last week, the DNR made the recommendation to increase the quota by 160 licenses throughout the state due to an increase in the population.

Florida’s black bears are at the heart of a debate about wildness in the current era. Photograph by Carlton Ward, National Geographic Creative

The DNR believes there is about 12,000 black bears in Michigan and about 1,500 are harvested each year.

Because the population is increasing, the DNR says they’ve received more nuisances complaints and want to control that.

” We want a health population of bear, we want to keep that natural fear bears have of humans and we have some areas of the state where our bear numbers are affecting our residents, and we don’t want bear to be a nuisance,” said DNR Wildlife Technician Katie Keen.

Keen says they’ve been seeing the most complaints about bears in the northern Lower Peninsula.

The Natural Resource Department is expected to make a decision within the next month.

You can apply for a bear hunting licenses starting May 1.

Read the full recommendation: 339352676-Bear-Regulations

We invite you to share your opinion whether more bear hunting licenses should be issued? Please vote and leave your comments at the bottom of this page.

Should more bear hunting licenses be issued?

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No human is above nature . Leave the bears alone !!!


No way there is already to many permits out, give out too many and watch the bear population in some states decrease

Peggy Dietrrich
Peggy Dietrrich

I knew this was coming. Just about everything the Michigan DNR puts out on wildlife numbers is lies and propaganda. When I read the article claiming our bear population had increased so much I knew it would be connected to hunting these bears down and killing them. And here we have the request for more license to hunt. Repugs keep giving hunters a break while those who love wildlife get ignored.

Tom Talbot

Yea, sure, let’s murder every freakin’ species and see what a beautiful, awe inspiring world humans are left with. (Just in case it’s not obvious to you, this is sarcasm!)

Rosette Putzeys


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Tilly Shadbolt


Barbara Jordan


Ann Peggy

Snyder up Trump’s REAR promoting more Wildlife KILLING.

Michelle Brooks

No.. Enough, stop killing everything

May Lennox-Milton

No,don’t be stupid,,, No

Donita Rusk


Sandra Faucher

Voted NO!

Bobbi Rosell

They care about nothing except for revenue. Assholes.

Katherine Wimmer


Illona La Trobe


Mena Berckemeyer


Marisol Melgarejo


Jackie Fuchs Tulli

No!!! Aren`t enough animals killed eyery year???

Marilyn Flynn

Absolutely not.

MariLyse Dumas


Cyndi Honeycutt

Only if they are ONLY allowed to hunt with primitive weapons, ya know, give the bears a fighting chance

Patty Taylor


Christine Maurici


Tove Margrethe Damsgaard

No no ni

Rachel Taylor

definatly not

Sandra Peoples


Judy Rees


Christopher Roberson


Wera Meyer

of course not!

Catherine Johnson Wooten

No. Omg

Tom Howe


Karen Bates


Cynthia A Thompson

WTF? Because there is such an abundance of bears in Michigan?? I swear these people are just TOO. STUPID. TO. LOVE.

Stefan Salvatierra


Barney Kelley


Hugh Mobley


Diane Sergiacomi


Dina Obrien


Maria Koehl

Absolutely NO!!!

Evelyne Dompmartin


Peter Deelen
Peter Deelen

This must all be stopt!!!!

george mira

While I live 2000 miles west of Michigan, I can tell you that the human population should be protecting their private garbage, rather than complaining about native bears and slavering to kill them. I live within 4 miles of at least four different bears – “Black” bears, Ursus americanus, live in limited ranges, and cannot escape from “hunters” who can easily find and gun them down whenever their deathlust hate-arousal rises up. Urban-wild interfaces require that human residents cease to put out such things as birdfood or open dogfood . Bears are a natural part of healthy natural landscapes, while… Read more »

M Leybra
M Leybra

Isa, Thank u. Yes there will never be a lack of human hunters slavering to kill wildlife, who will happily shoot the last remaining individual bear left standing when & if comes to that. The other contingent greed at play is the State slavering for the license fee income generated by hunters, from a free, state ‘renewable resource.’ The rest of human populace plays in well for state’s to cite public’s complaints (whether real or solicited,) to justify increasing the sales of licenses whenever they choose. And by using computerized models to compute bear numbers, same as w/ deer. Yes… Read more »

Verna Dentrey


Max Hanna
Max Hanna

NO – it is sickening now the way these nasty hunters kill the poor bears – bears who are trying to survive and protect their young every day their smaller and smaller environment ! The Mother bear gets killed and the babies die from being on their own! I think it is wrong – the hunters hunt bear just to brag and it is sickening! It is also wrong to allow baiting them with apples and wrong to let them install hidden cameras so they know the habits and areas where the bear go – It is way past time… Read more »


We need less human beings and more bears.

Building a budget off the deaths of our wild animals is amoral and unethical. This is a GREEDy and self entitled white male EGO move.

A pox upon MI DNR for their amoral and unethical philosophy to kill bears to satisfy human male gratuitous violence.

Sarah Elizabeth

Based off the report, overall, this was the way to go. Licenses were decreased in certain areas due to success rates based off previous year and increased in the areas where predadation, nuisance complaints and bear population have risen. Wildlife management, folks.

Do I think that more licenses should be issued? I think the current plan of raising the state’s total 160 increase for the upcoming season is a good strategy. I’d also like to see some additional education put into place, specifically on the nuisance complaints.

george mira

How about managing the real excess: humans, with their forest destruction, excessive motor vehicle use on and off the excessive roads they build? Condoms now. Wildlife by definition manages itself. Black bears retain certain size habitats dependent upon forage available. Either train humans to secure their garbage, or have them move back into apartments. In the past, grizzly and normal-sized wolves constrained black bear populations, and this should be the “management” method, preserving native wildlife. Guns and “sport” hunting only became popular after large-scale manufacturing of guns occurred in the early/mid 1800s. Before that guns were far less the “recreation”… Read more »

M Leybra
M Leybra

Sarah E, And that is the fundamental issue w/ wildlife mgt. beginning w/ labeling slaughter of individual wildlife in terms of “success rates.” Viewing wildlife as an expendable self generating resource to kill only enough today to leave enough to kill for tomorrow. Whilst they, wildlife, are facing all manner of other hardship incl. shrinking habitat from human development activities, clear-cutting deforestation, weather extremes, all resulting in future lack of food sources & without wildlife management ever considering these present & future factors when planning on projected income when increasing sport hunting license sales. Join the discussion

Jimmy Tolmie


Sarah Elizabeth

Did you read the recommendations/information from DNR?

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

if you want to hunt, build a time machine and go back to the stone age!!!

Liz Wroten