California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Bear Harvest Numbers

As of December 29, 2013, pursuant to California Code of Regulations Title 14, Section 365(e), the 2013 bear season is now closed.

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Please return all unused bear tags to:

California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Wildlife Branch,
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94299-0002.

Tags can also be reported online by logging into the Automated Data Licensing System.


Black bears (Ursus americanus) are recognized as an important component of California's ecosystems and as a valuable resource for the people of California. The black bear has been classified as a game mammal since 1948. Since that time, hunting regulations have become more restrictive, prohibiting trapping and the use of dogs, killing of cubs or sows with cubs, and reducing the bag limit from two to one bear per license year. Before the early 1980's, regulation changes were infrequent. However, in 1982, CDFW began recommending regulatory and legislative changes to reduce poaching and increase CDFW's ability to monitor bear populations.

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