Black Bear Hunters Can Test Identification Skills Online

Black Bear Hunters Can Test Identification Skills Online
Black Bear Hunters Can Test Identification Skills Online
Black Bear Hunters Can Test Identification Skills Online

OLYMPIA - Black bear hunters can test their bear species identification skills through a new interactive program on the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) website.

The program, available at http://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/bear_cougar/bear, includes information on how to correctly identify black bears and grizzly bears, and gives hunters a chance to test their identification skills.

Grizzly bears are protected under state and federal endangered species laws. Whereas black bears are classified as a game species.

"This test was developed to help black bear hunters be sure of their targets," said Dana Base, a WDFW northeast district wildlife biologist. "We encourage hunters to test their knowledge about the two species before going afield."


Hunting season for black bear opens Sept. 1 in several areas of the state, including the northeast district, where hunters sometimes encounter grizzly bears. That district spans Pend Oreille, Stevens and Ferry counties and includes game management units 101-121.


Up to 50 grizzlies are estimated to roam the Selkirk Mountains of northeast Washington, north Idaho and southeastern British Columbia. Less than a dozen are believed to roam the North Cascades of northcentral Washington and southcentral British Columbia.

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