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August 23, 2011
DNR seeks public input on black bears
The S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking public input on the draft Black Bear Management and Conservation Strategy. As bear populations and ranges continue to expand in South Carolina, it is vital a bear management and conservation strategy exists to help people better understand, appreciate and coexist with bears.
A primary objective of DNR and the plan is to maintain South Carolina's bear population at a level compatible with land use goals and acceptable human social limits. The management and conservation plan reviews DNR's past bear management efforts, state and regional bear population trends and current management techniques. Additionally, the plan lists black bear conservation goals and objectives, along with offering strategies to attain the desired outcome.
DNR has posted the plan for review. DNR will be accepting public input on this plan through Sept. 9, 2011. Comments should be submitted via email to Amanda Stroud at email@example.com or by mail at DNR, Attn: Amanda Stroud, PO Box 167, Columbia, SC 29202.