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Two Wyoming black bear hunt areas close after eight females harvested

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CASPER, Wyo. — The spring hunt season in two black bear hunt areas in the northern Bighorn Mountains closed at 6 am Wednesday, May 20, according to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department.

Black bear hunt areas 1 and 2 were closed because hunters have harvested eight female black bears, the combined quota for the two areas.

“The 2020 spring black bear hunting season closes for each hunt area or group of hunt areas when the female mortality limit is reached or on June 15, whichever comes first,” Game and Fish explained. “The female limits are used to ensure that overharvest of female bears does not occur. Black bear areas 1 and 2 have a combined quota of eight females.”

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“Bear hunters should call the Black Bear Mortality Limit Hotline at 1-800-264-1280 before going hunting to determine which hunt areas are open for hunting. Information on hunt area closures and quotas is updated on a daily basis and is also available online at wgfd.wyo.gov/Hunting/Trophy-Game-Harvest-Limits.”

Game and Fish says it is the responsibility of hunters to know whether a hunt area remains open.

“Hunters should check the black bear regulations for specific hunt area boundaries,” Game and Fish add. “Any harvested black bear must be reported to a game warden, wildlife biologist or Game and Fish Regional office within 72 hours of harvest.”

This article originally appeared on Oil City News. Used with permission.