Bear Season Closes in California

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Bear Season Closes in CaliforniaThe California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) announced the closure of the statewide black bear hunting season. Under regulations adopted by the Fish and Game Commission, the black bear season is closed when DFG verifies 1,700 bears have been taken by hunters.

DFG mailed notices to all bear tag holders reporting that the season is now closed. DFG wardens and biologists will also inform hunters they encounter in the field that the season is closed.

All bear tags must be returned to the DFG Wildlife Branch, 812 9th St., Sacramento, California, 95811, by Feb.1, 2009.

Hunters must submit the bear they harvested to DFG for validation within 10 days of taking a bear. Teeth are extracted from half the harvested bears to help Fish and Game determine the age and health of the state’s bear population.

Tags yet to be received by DFG will put the total harvest slightly above 1,700 bears. This will not have an adverse impact on the state’s bear population which is estimated to be more than 30,000.