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Bear Study Indicates Larger Population

A study completed by wildlife ecologists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison estimated that Wisconsin’s bear population to be over 33,000 bears. This estimate is 2.5 times larger than previous DNR estimates. The DNR agreed that their prior estimates had been too low.

The primary method that is used to control the bear population is public hunting. In response to the updated bear population numbers, the DNR will be increasing the number of bear permits available during the 2009 bear hunting season by 56%. The bear hunting season begins on September 9th.