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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: January 16, 2013

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Colin Carpenter, Wildlife Resources Section 304-558-2771 DNR.Wildlife@wv.gov


West Virginia Hunters Harvest a Record 2,683 Black Bears in 2012

            SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia hunters harvested 2,683 black bears during the combined 2012 archery and firearms seasons, according to Colin Carpenter, Black Bear Project leader for the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The preliminary harvest for the combined 2012 seasons was 34 percent higher than the 2011 harvest of 2,009 bears and 12 percent higher than the previous record harvest of 2,392 established in 2010. The black bear harvest of 2012 marks the fourth time in the past five years that the harvest has topped 2,000. 

            “As predicted in the 2012 DNR Mast Survey and Hunting Outlook publication, mast conditions had a tremendous influence on the distribution of this year’s bear harvest,” said Carpenter. “The statewide oak mast index for 2012 was much higher than in 2011 but the distribution was spotty.  This fact, combined with two additional weeks of archery hunting, allowed archers to  locate bears effectively and led to an increased archery harvest.

            Abundant oak mast keeps bears active into the winter and makes these bears vulnerable to harvest during concurrent buck-gun and bear seasons and the traditional December firearms season. Favorable mast conditions, combined with multiple counties open during September, led to a large increase in the firearms harvest.”

            Hunters took 746 bears during the 2012 archery season. The top five counties were Webster (71), Nicholas (67), Randolph (57), Fayette (55) and Preston (51).

            Firearms hunters harvested 1,937 bears during 2012. Hunters took 681 bears in September, 266 during the concurrent buck/bear season and 990 during the traditional December season. The top five counties were Pocahontas (183), Pendleton (179), Randolph (163), Webster (151) and Greenbrier (148).

**DNR**

2012 WEST VIRGINIA BLACK BEAR HARVEST

County

Archery

September

Buck Gun

December

Total

Barbour

27

2

0

13

42

Brooke

0

0

0

0

0

Hancock

0

0

0

0

0

Harrison

3

0

0

0

3

Marion

0

0

0

1

1

Marshall

0

0

0

0

0

Monongalia

3

0

5

0

8

Ohio

0

0

0

0

0

Preston

51

15

37

28

131

Taylor

7

0

0

0

7

Tucker

17

38

0

37

92

Wetzel

1

0

0

0

1

Dist. I Subtotal

109

55

42

79

285

Berkeley

3

0

0

0

3

Grant

18

46

0

50

114

Hampshire

16

0

46

10

72

Hardy

17

44

0

85

146

Jefferson

1

0

0

1

2

Mineral

5

0

0

10

15

Morgan

2

0

11

5

18

Pendleton

16

84

0

95

195

Dist. II Subtotal

78

174

57

256

565

Braxton

15

5

0

21

41

Clay

10

5

0

32

47

Lewis

7

0

0

6

13

Nicholas

67

31

0

39

137

Pocahontas

11

56

0

127

194

Randolph

57

58

0

105

220

Upshur

11

0

0

11

22

Webster

71

73

0

78

222

Dist. III Subtotal

249

228

0

419

896

Fayette

55

46

59

32

192

Greenbrier

38

50

0

98

186

McDowell

34

21

0

12

67

Mercer

13

0

0

1

14

Monroe

19

0

0

15

34

Raleigh

21

21

23

7

72

Summers

13

0

0

0

13

Wyoming

32

12

0

7

51

Dist. IV Subtotal

225

150

82

172

629

Boone

17

32

44

20

113

Cabell

0

0

0

0

0

Kanawha

24

29

41

25

119

Lincoln

1

0

0

1

2

Logan

30

10

0

11

51

Mason

0

0

0

0

0

Mingo

6

3

0

2

11

Putnam

0

0

0

0

0

Wayne

1

0

0

1

2

Dist. V Subtotal

79

74

85

60

298

Calhoun

1

0

0

1

2

Doddridge

0

0

0

0

0

Gilmer

1

0

0

2

3

Jackson

0

0

0

0

0

Pleasants

0

0

0

0

0

Ritchie

0

0

0

1

1

Roane

4

0

0

0

4

Tyler

0

0

0

0

0

Wirt

0

0

0

0

0

Wood

0

0

0

0

0

Dist. VI Subtotal

6

0

0

4

10

State Total

746

681

266

990

2683