WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT PLAN
Black Bear Management Plan
(1) The goal of black bear management is to manage black bear populations to attain the optimum balance among species protection, recreational uses, habitat availability, primary land uses, and other wildlife species.
(2) Objectives to accomplish this goal are to:
(a) Maintain healthy and optimum bear populations while providing optimum recreational benefits, and considering objectives related to other wildlife species and the level of human-bear conflicts.
(b) Work to reduce the number of human-bear conflicts that result in the removal (lethal and nonlethal) of bears.
(c) Develop, refine, and evaluate population abundance estimation through modeling techniques.
(d) Continue to improve basic understanding of black bear management and ecology through applied research.
Stat. Auth.: ORS 496.012, 496.138,
496.146 & 496.162
Stats. Implemented: ORS 496.012, 496.138, 496.146 & 496.162
Hist.: DFW 59-2012, f. & cert. ef. 6-11-12
Black Bear Management Plan Content and Purpose
The Commission adopted the Black Bear Management Plan on July 17, 1987, and adopted the first revisions to the Plan on March 17, 1993. Copies of the Plan are available through the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. This document provides program direction, and identifies objectives and strategies to fulfill management, research, habitat, and status survey needs. The Plan is also intended as an informational document to assist resource management agencies with their wildlife programs.
The objectives of the Black Bear Management Plan are:
(1) Recognize the black bear as an important part of Oregon's fauna, valued by many Oregonians.
(2) Maintain healthy black bear populations within the state into the future.
(3) Conduct a management program that maintains healthy populations of black bear, and recognizes the desires of the public and the statutory obligations of the Department.
Implementation of the Black Bear Management Plan entails the following actions:
(1) Obtain an annual return of teeth of 30 percent or more (averaged over two consecutive years) of the general season harvested black bear. A mandatory hunter check requirement will be initiated if the 30 percent goal is not reached.
(2) Provide personnel and fiscal resource availability permit, begin a black bear research project in western and/or eastern Oregon by 1998. The projects will be designed to assist with development of population estimates and measurement of population trends.
(3) Annual general harvest seasons will occur between the outside dates of August 1 and November 30, as long as the Plan's harvest guidelines are met. If guidelines are not met, hunting restrictions will be employed as directed in the Plan.
(4) Continue damage control efforts with a variety of methods, including controlled hunts, emergency hunts, general seasons, U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal Damage Control personnel, landowners, and other private individuals.
(5) Evaluate the use of alternative methods to alleviate western Oregon tree damage.