Additional bear permits are being recommended on limited-entry hunting units in Utah for the 2017 season. According to the Division of Wildlife Resources, Utah has a robust black bear population. “Over the past three years, the state’s bear population has grown by about 4 percent each year,” shares wildlife biologist Rusty Robinson. “A few years ago, we began implementing new strategies to manage bears. We feel those strategies are working: bear populations are being kept within the sideboards of Utah’s bear management plan and we’re seeing fewer conflicts between bears and people.” 46 additional permits will be offered this year though that likely won’t result in 46 bears being taken. “Based on the past success rate,” shares Robinson, “adding 46 permits would likely result in about 22 additional bears being taken.” The Regional Advisory Council will discuss the recommended increase at a meeting on December 15th at the Region Office in Vernal at 6:30pm.