Bear revisions are not formally up for review until 2015, but the department recommends adjusting license quotas for the Red Oak Bear Management Unit (BMU) in order to be consistent with the gradual step down of licenses discussed in 2012. MUCC and other groups have asked the DNR to consider using updated hunter success rates to recalculate the proposed quotas.
Northern Lower Peninsula 2014 Recommendations:
- 675 licenses would be issued in the Red Oak BMU, a decrease of 75 from the 2013 totals. The department expects economic impact would be minimal
- 70 license for the Baldwin BMU (No Change in license quotas)
- 110 Licenses for the Gladwin BMU (No Change in license quotas)
Upper Peninsula 2014 Recommendations:
The Department recommends retaining licenses at 2012 levels for the entire U.P. for 2014. Trend goals seem to be on target and the department believes that a slight reduction in licenses is unlikely to impact the bear populations. License quotas, desired harvest, and goals will be re-evaluated in 2015.
Proposed License Quotas for the U.P. are as follows: (Total of 6,976 for the UP) (No Change)
- Amasa: 505 total
- Baraga: 1,620 total
- Bergland: 1,265 total
- Carney: 815
- Drummond: 1
- Gwinn: 1,250
- Newberry: 1,520
The NRC will amend or approve this order at their April 10, 2014 meeting in Lansing.
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