Application Deadline Aug. 31; Drawing Sept. 3

News Release, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

TheMaryland Department of Natural Resourcesis now accepting applications for the 2019black bear huntlottery. Successful applicants will receive a permit valid for the five-day hunting season, taking place Oct. 21-25 in Allegany, Frederick, Garrett, and Washington counties. The department will issue 800 hunting permits this year.

The annual bear hunt is an important management tool used to slow the increase of Maryland’s black bear population and limit expansion of Maryland bears into the eastern suburbs and cities.

“Maryland’s closely regulated, sustainable black bear hunt is now in its 16th year,”Wildlife and Heritage ServiceDirector Paul Peditto said. “This hunt has been helping us achieve our management goal of limiting the growth our bear population while ensuring a secure and sustainable future for this remarkable species.”

Hunters may apply for the lotteryonline, atregional service centers,or at one of more than 250hunting and fishing license agentsacross the state. Hunters need a valid DNR ID number to participate.

All entries must be completed by 11:59 p.m. Aug. 31 and must be accompanied by a $15 nonrefundable application fee. Only one application per person will be accepted; submitting duplicates can result in disqualification and forfeiture. The drawing will be held Sept. 3 and winners will be notified shortly thereafter.

The Black Bear Damage Reimbursement Fund is open for voluntary contributions by hunters when they apply for their permits. The fund directly reimburses Maryland farmers who have suffered agricultural damage caused by black bears. Since the fund was started over 20 years ago, it has paid out more than $130,000 in eligible claims.

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