Skip to main content
  1. Sports
  2. Recreation
  3. Outdoor Rec & Adventure

2013 bear harvest results released by DEC

See also

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced last fall’s bear hunting season yielded the second highest take on record. Hunters in New York bagged 1,358 black bears according to the DEC April 7 press release.

"With abundant natural foods this past year, bears were in great condition, and we heard of several hunters who took bears weighing more than 500 pounds dressed.” — DEC Commissioner Joe Martens

The numbers were down for the Adirondack region with a total take of 380. The five-year average yield in the Adirondacks is 515. DEC attributes this decrease to a lowered harvest during early bear season, although the take during the regular season increased by 13 percent.

The abundance last fall of fleshy fruits, such as apples and berries, the soft mast of a bear’s diet, made for poor hunting during the mid-September to mid-October early season.

Warren county hunters brought in 30 bears, broken down by town as follows:

  • Bolton — 4
  • Hague — 3
  • Johnsburg — 6
  • Lake George — 2
  • Lake Luzerne — 1
  • Stony Creek — 9
  • Thurman — 2
  • Warrensburg — 3

Earlier this year, DEC released its draft Bear Management Plan for 2014-2024 and invites public comment. The goals of DEC’s Bear Management Plan are to maintain the bear population at acceptable levels and minimize human-bear conflicts, promote bear hunting as one management tool, and foster understanding about bear ecology.



  • David Price rumors
    Should the bottom-dwelling Tampa Bay Rays trade or keep pitching ace David Price?
    MLB Rumors
  • Maria Kirilenko slideshow
    Feast your eyes on the former fiance of Alex Ovechkin: The newly-single Maria Kirilenko
    20 Photos
  • Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen has Alzheimer's disease, will step down
    NFL News
  • Sam responds to Dungy
    Michael Sam has the perfect response to Tony Dungy's controversial comments
    NFL News
  • Bella wardrobe malfunction
    Sexy diva Nikki Bella suffers wardrobe malfunction during WWE show
    Fight Sports
  • LeBron gives cupcakes
    LeBron James sends cupcakes to neighbors after press overtakes neighborhood
    Food & Drink