Black Bear Hunt Areas 1-2 Closed

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Department Sheridan Regional Office has announced that Black Bear Hunt Areas 1 and 2 in the northern Bighorn Mountains closed at 11 am Tuesday, as the female bear mortality limit for each area was reached.

The black bear hunting season closes for each hunt area or group of hunt areas in the black bear management unit when the female mortality limit has been reached, or, on the closing day, whichever comes first.

Sheridan Region Information Specialist Bud Stewart said the female quotas are used to ensure that over harvest of female bears does not occur. He added that bear hunters should always call the Black Bear Mortality Limit hotline at 1-800-264-1280 before going hunting to determine which hunt areas are open for hunting black bears. Stewart said it is the hunter's responsibility to confirm that the black bear hunt area he or she intends to hunt is open.

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