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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director

 

News Release : January 4, 2007

 

Hoy Murphy , Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381 hoymurphy@wvdnr.gov
Contact:
Chris Ryan, Wildlife Resources Section (304) 558-2771 wildlife@wvdnr.gov

West Virginia Hunters Harvest 1,705 Black Bears in 2006

West Virginia bear hunters harvested 1,705 bears during the combined 2006 archery and firearms season, according to Frank Jezioro, Director of the Division of Natural Resources. This preliminary harvest data for the combined bear season is two percent higher than the 1,661 bears taken in 2005 and only two percent below the record harvest of 1,730 bears established in 2003.

"The 2006 bear harvest was very close to what we expected," said Jezioro. "A tremendous bear population coupled with above average mast conditions and nearly ideal weather conditions in December contributed to a record gun kill. The warm December weather and good food conditions kept many bears out of their dens and available for harvest."

Gun hunters killed 1,188 bears, which is a record harvest. This was the first time on record that gun hunters harvested more than 1,100 bears. The top five gun counties were Greenbrier (148), Pocahontas (132), Randolph (122), Pendleton (101), and Kanawha (89).

Archery hunters took 517 bears, which is 13 percent lower than the 2005 harvest. It ranks as the 3rd highest archery harvest on record. The top five archery counties were Preston (66), Randolph (61), Webster (37), Hardy (33), and Nicholas (32).

West Virginia Black Bear Harvest, 2006
County Bow Gun Total
Barbour 24 1 25
Brooke 0 0 0
Hancock 0 0 0
Harrison 2 0 2
Marion 0 0 0
Marshall 0 0 0
Monongalia 3 0 3
Ohio 0 0 0
Preston 66 34 100
Taylor 1 0 1
Tucker 27 43 70
Wetzel 0 0 0
District I Subtotal 123 78 201
Berkeley 1 0 1
Grant 14 36 50
Hampshire 4 4 8
Hardy 33 46 79
Jefferson 2 0 2
Mineral 9 14 23
Morgan 2 1 3
Pendleton 20 101 121
Dist. II Subtotal 85 202 287
Braxton 4 12 16
Clay 6 4 10
Lewis 0 2 2
Nicholas 32 78 110
Pocahontas 19 132 151
Randolph 61 122 183
Upshur 5 2 7
Webster 37 91 128
Dist. III Subtotal 164 443 607
Fayette 24 68 92
Greenbrier 31 148 179
McDowell 14 6 20
Mercer 5 2 7
Monroe 10 16 26
Raleigh 9 59 68
Summers 1 1 2
Wyoming 10 4 14
Dist. IV Subtotal 104 304 408
Boone 10 68 78
Cabell 0 0 0
Kanawha 17 89 106
Lincoln 2 1 3
Logan 7 3 10
Mason 0 0 0
Mingo 4 0 4
Putnam 0 0 0
Wayne 0 0 0
Dist. V Subtotal 40 161 201
Calhoun 0 0 0
Doddridge 0 0 0
Gilmer 0 0 0
Jackson 0 0 0
Pleasants 0 0 0
Ritchie 1 0 1
Roane 0 0 0
Tyler 0 0 0
Wirt 0 0 0
Wood 0 0 0
Dist. VI Subtotal 1 0 1
STATE TOTAL 517 1188 1705

 

 

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