Black Bear Species Management Report and Plans
Report Period: 1 July 2013–30 June 2018
Plan Period: 1 Jul 2018–30 June 2023
Species management report and plan documents provide information about species that are hunted or trapped and management actions, goals, and recommendations for those species. Detailed information is prepared for each species every five years by the area management biologists for game management units in their areas. Reports are not produced for species that are not managed for hunting or trapping or for areas where there is no current or anticipated activity. Unit reports are reviewed and approved for publication by regional management coordinators. Any information taken from these reports should be cited with credit given to authors and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Suggested citations are included in each of the reports.
These reports provide a record of survey and inventory management activities for black bear for the five regulatory years 2013–2017, and plans for the five regulatory years 2018–2022. A regulatory year (RY) runs from 1 July through 30 June (e.g., RY11 = 1 July 2011–30 June 2012). These reports are produced primarily to provide agency staff with data and analysis to help guide and record the agency's own efforts, but are also provided to the public to inform it of wildlife management activities. In 2016 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game's Division of Wildlife Conservation launched this new type of 5-year report to more efficiently report on trends and describe potential changes in data collection activities over the next 5 years. They replace the black bear management reports of survey and inventory activities that were previously produced every 3 years.
These unit reports are published individually, so, although the period covered remains the same for all reports, the year published may differ.
- Unit 1A — Unit 1 south of Lemesurier Point, including drainages into Behm Canal and excluding drainages into Ernest Sound (PDF 1,246 kB)
- Unit 1B — Southeast Alaska mainland from Cape Fanshaw to Lemesurier Point
- Unit 1C — Southeast Alaska mainland between Cape Fanshaw and the latitude of Eldred Rock, including Berners Bay and Sullivan Island, excluding drainages into Faragut Bay (PDF 836 kB)
- Unit 1D — Southeast Alaska mainland north of Eldred Rock, excluding Sullivan Island and the drainages of Berners Bay (PDF 2,066 kB)
- Unit 2 — Prince of Wales Island and adjacent islands south of Sumner Strait and west of Kashevarof Passage (PDF 1,527 kB)
- Unit 3 — Islands of the Petersburg, Kake, and Wrangell area
- Unit 5 — Cape Fairweather to Icy Bay, eastern Gulf of Alaska Coast (PDF 678 kB)
- Unit 6 — Prince William Sound and the northern Gulf of Alaska Coast
- Units 7 and 15 — Kenai Peninsula
- Unit 11 — Wrangell Mountains
- Unit 12 — Upper Tanana and White River drainages, including the northern Alaska Range east of the Robertson River, and the Mentasta, Nutzotin, and northern Wrangell Mountains
- Unit 13 — Nelchina Basin
- Unit 14A&B — Upper Cook Inlet
- Unit 14C — Municipality of Anchorage
- Unit 16 — West side of Cook Inlet
- Unit 17 — Northern Bristol Bay
- Unit 19, 21A, and 21E — All drainages of the Kuskokwim River upstream from the village of Lower Kalskag; Yukon River drainage from Paimiut upstream to, but not including, the Blackburn Creek drainage; the entire Innoko River drainage; and the Nowitna River drainage upstream from the confluence of the Little Mud and Nowitna Rivers.
- Units 20A, 20B, 20C, and 20F — Central–Lower Tanana and middle Yukon River drainages
- Unit 20D — Central Tanana Valley near Delta Junction
- Unit 20E — Fortymile, Charley, and Ladue River drainages, including the Tanana Uplands and all drainages into the south bank of the Yukon River upstream from and including the Charley River drainage