LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Annual reports say that hunters killed a total of six bears in Livingston County towns.
One bear was taken in Mount Morris during the muzzleloader season. The rest were taken during the regular firearms season: one in Conesus, one in North Dansville, two in Nunda and one in Ossian.
One of those bears, shot during the muzzleloader season turned heads and drew public attention to hunting in Letchworth State Park.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s management objective for most of Livingston County is that ‘bears are infrequent – keep it so.’
The DEC relies upon hunter participation to collect critical data for black bear management. Successful hunters are required by law to report their harvest, but many hunters also voluntarily submit premolar teeth from the bears (Figure 1), which are then used to determine the bear’s age. DEC uses this information to assess the impact of harvest on the bear population by determination of the average age of harvested male and female bears in the various bear hunting areas. Additionally, by recording age and sex of harvested bears over a period of years, biologists can more accurately model bear populations.
The full, extensive 2017 bear harvest report by the DEC is accessible here.