LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Bear hunters took more bears in 2015 than ever recorded in Livingston County.
According to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s 2015 bear harvest results, Livingston County hunters took a total of seven black bears, the most ever recorded since bear hunting opened to the entire county in 2008.
“Our bear population is flourishing in New York State, providing increased opportunities for hunters and wildlife watchers alike to enjoy these important species” said DEC Acting Commissioner Basil Seggos. “DEC’s science-based management strategies are working to increase the bear population and allow for expanded hunting opportunities.”
Bowhunters took one bear in Groveland and one in West Sparta. Hunters in the regular gun season took one in Nunda, one in Ossian, one in Springwater, and two in Portage.
The runner-up hunting season was 2011, when hunters took six bears.
Ossian has become the county’s bear hunting honey hole recently. Hunters have bagged at least one bear in Ossian every year since 2009.
New York bear hunters took 1,715 black bears during the 2015 hunting season, the second largest bear harvest on record in New York. Only the 2003 harvest surpassed this take, with 1,863.