For Maryland's bears and for those people who care about them........
The membership of the Maryland Black Bear Task Force would like to thank the Maryland Department of Natural Resources for providing them with the opportunity to contribute to the stewardship of black bears in Maryland.
Signing this report does not imply endorsement of all recommendations contained herein. Individual comment and recommendations from Task Force members can be viewed in Appendices G through
N (listed on right).
Dr. Ron Barry, Department of Biology, Frostburg State University
Valerie Connelly, Maryland Farm Bureau
George Falter, Jr. Private citizen (McHenry)
Brad Frantz, Garrett County Emergency Management
Gary Fratz, Maryland Wildlife Advisory Commission
Peggy Gosnell, Private citizen (Accident)
John Hadidian, The Humane Society of the United States
Michael Markarian, The Fund for Animals
Tom Mathews, DNR Wildlife Biologist - Retired
Nancy Railey, Garrett County Rental Real Estate Agents
Tom Rooney, Maryland Sportsmen Association
Jerry Zembower, Allegany-Garrett Sportsmen Association
Black Bear Task Force Mission Statement
Maryland's Black Bear Management Plan, written in 1992, expired in December 2001. The Task Force is charged with reviewing past efforts under the 1992 plan, identifying important public values to consider for bear management, and providing recommendations to DNR on the future of black bear management in Maryland.
The black bear is a charismatic species that evokes a variety of emotions and opinions from the many citizens concerned with bear management. The Task Force will solicit, and consider input from, individuals and groups that may have disparate opinions on bear management. Therefore, cooperation and an open mind will be critical toward the development of a successful management plan.
While statewide species management is a goal of the management plan, special consideration must be given to those areas of the state where citizens are currently living with bears. Additionally, there are many issues that the Task Force will evaluate, including:
Human - bear problems (e.g. public safety, agricultural and property damage).
Bear population dynamics to include bear population objectives and range expansion.
Ecological, aesthetic and recreational value of bears.
Human behavior as it impacts bears.
Funding alternatives for managing black bears.
Available control methods.
Furthermore, the Task Force will review land use policies in western Maryland and offer recommendations for minimizing the impacts development may be having on bears and their habitats. The Task Force will also address the increasing recreational demands being placed on public land in western Maryland, and the potential impact it may have on bears.
Maryland DNR is depending on the Black Bear Task Force to carefully consider all management options. While DNR is responsible for the management of bears, it is through the recommendations of the Task Force that DNR will come to understand the bear management values important to the citizens of Maryland.
Two Versions of the report can be found below.
Black Bear Task Force
Report and Recommendations
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources
March 28, 2003
(.PDF File 289 KB - Opens with Acrobat Reader)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
sections below to view)
Of Task Force Recommendations
And Scope Of Effort
History Of The Black Bear
Of Black Bear In Maryland
Bear Conservation Program Stamp And Decal
Issues And Concerns
Goals And Strategies
A: Black Bear Task Force Membership Roster
B: Black Bear Population Status Report
C: MD DNR Black Bear Management Plan, 1992-2001, Summary Of Activities
D: Black Bear Conservation Stamp Program
E: Black Bear Task Force Issues And Concerns
F: Letter To Director, Maryland DNR Wildlife And Heritage Service From BBTF
G: Statement Of Ronald Barry, BBTF Member
H: Statement Of Maryland Sportsman's Association BBTF Member
I: Statement Of George Falter, Jr. BBTF Member
J: Statement Of The Humane Society Of The United States BBTF Member
K: Statement Of The Allegany Garrett Sportsmanís Association BBTF Member
L: Statement Of The Fund For Animals, BBTF Member
M: Statement Of Tom Mathews, BBTF Member
N: Statement Of Margaret Gosnell, BBTF Member
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