The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources has expressed positive results with the black bear management efforts.

The DWR reports, "Since the first Utah Black Bear Management Plan was drafted in 1998, the number of bears in Utah has increased from an estimated minimum of 1,300 adult bears in 2000 to a minimum of just under 3,500 adult bears in 2016."

These numbers do not include cubs or bears under the age of 2 years, so the total bear population is even greater.

Due to such growth, the DWR has recommended an increase of black bear permits for the 2018 season, from 758 permits to 860 (102 more permits). They estimate this increase to translate into approximately 400 bears to be taken, 35 more bears than the 2017 season.

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