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Black Bear Hunting Information
Definitions

Baiting means placing or utilizing a processed bait or an unprocessed bait as a lure or attractant for the purpose of taking black bear.

Cub means any black bear less than one (1) year old.

Immediately means following the observation of a grizzly bear using a bait, the person registering the bait, the person placing the bait or the person hunting over the bait shall report, without delay, said use to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Immediately also means any person taking a grizzly bear shall report, without delay, to the Wyoming Game and Fish Department in accordance with Section 12 of the black bear regulation.

Mortality means any legal or illegal human caused female black bear death, excluding female black bears taken by the Department, female black bears taken under the authority of W.S. §23-3-115(a) and known natural and accidental female black bear deaths.

Process bait means a nontoxic biodegradable substance. A chemical used as an attractant or mask rather than for consumption shall not be considered a processed bait.

Prohibited bait means big game animals, small game animals, game birds, game fish, protected animals, protected birds, or parts thereof placed for the purpose of attracting a bear.

Unprocessed bait means livestock or livestock parts that have not been processed for human consumption, or wildlife or wildlife parts that are not otherwise prohibited as processed bait. A chemical used as an attractant or mask rather than for consumption shall not be considered an unprocessed bait.

Water means permanent rivers, streams, lakes or ponds.

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Sexing Black Bears

Female Black Bears
• Cubs may be with her or nearby
• Appears pear shaped from the side with large rump
• Rump is higher than front shoulders
• Legs appear longer
• Neck is thinner and more distinct
• Face is slender and tapered
• Head and shoulder are about the same width
• Young bears of both sexes often look like females

Male Black Bears
• Cubs are never with him
• Generally larger than the female
• Adult will be more than 30 inches tall at the shoulder
• Appears square from the side
• Rump and shoulders are similar in height
• Legs appear short
• Ears appears small compared to the size of its head

Registering Kills

A hunter taking a black bear shall retain the pelt and skull from each black bear taken for registration purposes. Even if the skull is damaged, it shall accompany the pelt. Visible external evidence of sex shall remain naturally attached to the pelt.

Within three (3) days, (seventy-two (72) hours), after taking a black bear, the licensee shall present the pelt and skull to a district game warden, district wildlife biologist, or Department personnel at a Game and Fish Department Regional Office during business hours for registration.

The pelt and skull shall be presented in an unfrozen condition in order to allow collection of two (2) premolar teeth to be utilized to determine the age of the black bear and to allow examination of the pelt to determine the sex of the black bear. A hunter taking a black bear in designated wilderness areas in hunt areas 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 or 28 shall report their harvest by telephone or in person within three (3) days, (seventy-two (72) hours) and shall present the pelt and skull to a district game warden, district wildlife biologist or Department personnel at a Game and Fish Regional Office during business hours for registration within ten (10) days from the date of harvest.

The hunter making the telephone report shall contact a district game warden, district wildlife biologist, or Department personnel at a Game and Fish Department Regional Office with their name, license number, date of harvest, sex of bear and the general location of the kill site (drainage). At the time of registration, the licensee shall furnish the Department the date of kill, the location of the site of kill to include section, township and range, or UTM coordinates.

(i) Any person who makes a false statement on the registration form regarding the date the black bear was taken or the hunt area in which it was taken shall be in violation of this regulation and such violation shall be punishable as provided by Title 23, Wyoming statutes for violation of Commission regulations.

Area Mortality Quota Limitation

The black bear hunting season shall close in each black bear hunt area or group of hunt areas when the female mortality quota specified for the respective hunt area or group of hunt areas has been reached.

If the female mortality quota is not reached, the season shall close upon the date specified on the black bear hunting seasons. If the female mortality quotas for the spring hunting season are exceeded, the additional mortalities shall be subtracted from the fall mortality quotas. Conversely, if female mortality quotas in the spring have not been reached, the portion of the quota remaining shall be added to the fall mortality quota.

It is the hunter's responsibility to confirm that the hunt area the person intends to hunt is open. The status of hunt area closures shall be available twenty-four (24) hours a day by calling toll free 1-800-264-1280.

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