Black Bear in Massachusetts
For a brief overview on black bears in Massachusetts, MassWildlife's "Living with Wildlife" page is an excellent start. Then, for a thorough discussion and review on black bears in general, check out MassWildlife's Black Bear website! We believe that you will find it informative, entertaining, and useful! On this site, you can find information on the biology, natural history, and management of the black bear, as well as its history, distribution, and status. This web page is packed with detail and should be of interest to everyone.
In addition, bear hunters will find information on hunting tips, methodology, and safety, as well as a summary of past year's harvests. There are also links to MassWildlife's section of the Code of Massachusetts regulations as well as a Plain Language version of the regulations.
Two sets of "Frequently Asked Questions" address the biology and management of the black bear, as well as bear problems and issues. These questions go into greater technical detail than is contained in the brief "Living with Wildlife" summary. Black bears sometimes cause agricultural damage, or are perceived to be "nuisances" at campgrounds or near residences. Some people also think bears are dangerous. You will want to learn about these problems and issues and how to prevent them. Human attitudes are a key part of the conservation and management of the black bear.