DNR Asks Hunters To Not Shoot Radio-Collared Bears

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers are asking hunters not to shoot radio-collared bears during Minnesota’s bear hunting season, which opens Thursday.

Department of Natural Resources researchers are monitoring about 35 radio-collared black bears, mostly in northwestern Minnesota. Bear research also is being conducted in St. Louis County of northeastern Minnesota.

The collared bears have large colorful ear tags or colorful streamers. It’s not illegal for hunters to take them because the tags sometimes can be hard to spot, but bear biologist Dave Garshelis is urging hunters to refrain from shooting them. He says researchers have invested an enormous amount of time and expense in these bears, and they provide valuable long-term data.

Any hunters who do shoot collared bears should call the DNR Wildlife Research office in Grand Rapids at 218-327-4146 or 218-327-4133.

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  1. Sporty007 says:

    Because some people actually like to eat them and some like to hang the head on the wall and use the hides on the floor. I personally don’t eat bear so I don’t hunt for it, but to each his own.

  2. Arnie says:

    Love shooting bears because I like to hang the radio collars on the wall over the fireplace

  3. KEVIN says:

    THE DNR NEEDS NOT TO BABY SIT THE BEARS . lIKE ALL OTHER THINGS IN THIS STATE WE EITHER CREATE A LAW TO MAKE SOMETHING LEAGAL OR ILLEAGAL. IF THERE IS NO LAW AGAINST IT DON’T CONFUSE THE ISSUE. SHUT UP.

    1. Dave's Not Here says:

      You can’t spell “illegal” but you feel qualified to tell people to shut up? LOL. Good one.

  4. barely says:

    I shoot bare. I eat bare. Me like bare.

  5. Duke says:

    Save the bears, shoot the biologists.

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