Nuisance bear tags available to landowners for use in select area surrounding Village of...

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  1. By Northwest Region August 16, 2016

    Contact(s): Steve Hoffman, DNR wildlife management, 715-463-2896

    GRANTSBURG, Wis. - In response to chronic and sustained bear conflicts within the Village of Grantsburg, the department will make nuisance bear harvest tags available to landowners for use in a select area surrounding the village.

    Permits will be valid during the regular bear season, and will be made available to landowners Aug. 18, 19 and 25 at the Crex Meadows Wildlife Area Visitor Center.

    Even with extensive bear mitigation measures, a high number of bear-related conflicts within the Village of Grantsburg have continued to create safety concerns for residents. The Village of Grantsburg previously enacted village-wide abatement measures and have considered additional measures to reduce these conflicts. "This is a pilot project to see if we can break the intensity of nuisance bear conflicts that have occurred within the Village", said Steve Hoffman, Crex Meadows Wildlife Area Supervisor.

    Department staff will issue up to 75 nuisance bear harvest tags to private landowners who own five or more acres within a project area that extends roughly 1.5 mile distance from village limits. The department anticipates that 10-20 bears might be taken this fall under this permit system. These permits will be valid during the 2016 bear season. Nuisance permits will be rescinded if the harvest goal is met.

    Landowners who meet the minimum acreage criteria and are located within the pilot area will have the opportunity to pick up nuisance bear tags at the Crex Meadows Visitor Center Aug. 18, 19 and 25 from 1-6 p.m. One tag will be issued per landowner. If a landowner fills their tag and the harvest objective is not yet met, they can request an additional tag. Permit holders (landowners) may designate a different hunter to harvest a bear using their nuisance tag on their property.

    These permits are free of charge and require landowners to report harvest success. All Wisconsin bear hunting regulations and season dates apply. Permit activities are limited to that parcel (private land only) - hunting method will be left to landowner discretion.

    Per Wisconsin Administrative Code, only landowners will be exempt from the hunting license requirement - all other participants must possess a valid Wisconsin hunting license that authorizes hunting with a firearm.

    For more information, contact Steve Hoffman, DNR wildlife management supervisor, at 715-463-2896 or via email at [email protected]. Crex Meadows State Wildlife Area is located at 102 East Crex Ave., Grantsburg.

    Last Revised: Tuesday, August 16, 2016