Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (visit the agency website www.dgif.virginia.gov for most recent regulatory updates)
Board of Game and Inland Fisheries
Game: Bear [4 VAC 15 ‑ 50]
|Description||This regulation enables the agency to manage bear populations to control impacts to the human health, safety and livelihood of the people of Virginia. By allowing for the harvest and population control of black bear the Department is providing for human health by reducing the chance for human/bear interaction. This regulation further provides for citizen safety by stipulating methods of take (i.e. bow and arrow, dog hunting and prohibiting trapping). This regulation provides for the protection of personal property by allowing the control of bear numbers which may adversely affect real estate values or directly damage property. The regulation also enables the agency to efficiently and economically accomplish the important governmental function of black bear management by enabling the citizens to participate in recreational hunting seasons. These activities provide recreational opportunity and stimulate the economic development of the Commonwealth.|
|State Authority||§ 29.1-103 Code of Virginia . Powers and duties of the Board . § 29.1-501. Promulgation of regulations; publication of proposed regulations or change therein; validation; evidentiary nature of publication . § 29.1-510. Big game; small game . § § 29.|
|Exempt from APA||Yes, changes to this chapter of the VA Administrative Code are exempt from the Administrative Process Act. The normal executive branch review process is not required.|
|Text of Regulation||Link to Virginia Administrative Code|
|Goals of Regulation||
To maintain optimum populations of bear to serve the needs of the citizens of the Commonwealth.
To allow the reasonable use of the bear resource by the public while maintaining healthy populations of the species.
To provide opportunity for all to enjoy hunting bear, watching wildlife, and related outdoor recreation.
To promote safety in connection with hunting bear.
|Name / Title:||Frances Boswell|
4016 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23230
|Telephone:||(804)367-9149 FAX: (804)367-0405 TDD: ()-|