STATEWIDE -- The Department of Environmental Conservation is looking to update the state's black bear management plan.
State biologists have estimated New York's bear population is somewhere between 6,000 and 8,000.
About 50 to 60% are in the Adirondacks, and 30 to 35% are in the Catskills.
The remaining are in Central and Western New York.
The goal of the ten year plan is to stabilize the bear population in most areas, reduce it in others and prevent the animals from moving into populated areas.
One option to reduce the population would be to expand hunting in the Catskills and southwestern Hudson Valley.
The public is able to comment on the DEC's website until February 21.
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