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The Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources is seeking public review of the next Virginia Bear Management Plan through September 5, 2023.
Once finalized, the new Bear Plan will guide bear management in the Commonwealth through 2032.
This includes a mission statement and six goals that address the areas of populations, habitat, recreation, human-bear conflicts, health, and welfare.
The first Bear Plan was established in 2001 and has been revised twice through the years through the involvement of public stakeholders and managers of bears in Virginia.
It is important to continue to develop and improve the plan to incorporate current public values and biological considerations.
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