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Old 09-26-2017, 05:48 PM   #9
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The population estimates don't really come from hard #'s, meaning the DEC doesn't send out people to count and track every bear in a particular region. They're basically educated guesses which get developed from: hunter/hiker sightings; estimation of food sources; habitable land; i'm sure there are other factors.

My only point was that the Northern Zone has the majority of NY's bear population, according to the DEC's estimates, but most of the hunter harvests take place in the Southern Zone. So hunter harvests really don't give a good indication of where most of the bear are. You might have a better chance of running into a bear in the Catskills, but places like the ADK's and Tug Hill have more bear overall.

There are only a few WMU divisions within the ADK region, so you really can't extract too much detail on the bear density within the Park.
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