Nov. 2, 2017 Contact: Kevin Swanson, 906-458-1889 Michigan Bear Forum meeting set for Dec. 16 – management, regulations and harvest information to be discussed A group of individuals representing various sportsmen’s clubs, the U.S. Forest Service, the agricultural community and nonaffiliated bait and hound hunters throughout the state will meet Saturday, Dec. 16, to discuss the future of bear management in Michigan. “This group represents our Michigan Bear Forum,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson. “We have a very wide range of members who make up this group, each representing a slightly different view with regard to bear management in Michigan.” The Michigan Bear Forum will meet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Little Bear East Arena, located at 275 Marquette St. in St. Ignace. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss bear management and regulations, while assessing 2017 harvest statistics. The meeting is open to the public, and DNR staff will be available after the meeting to answer additional questions. Swanson said the DNR also would use the Dec. 16 meeting as an opportunity to kick off its effort to update the Michigan Bear Management Plan, which was last updated in 2008. DNR Wildlife Division staff members will provide an overview of long-term harvest statistics, population estimates, research and season updates, and trend indicators for each bear management unit.