Bear Hunters' Guide to Hunting Black Bears in Maryland 2014
Allegany County Bear Hunting Opportunities
Bear activity is increasing throughout western Maryland as the black bear population continues to expand eastward into suitable habitat. Allegany County, with its rural landscape and vast amounts of public land holds some prime bear habitat. According to the results of the 2011 DNA-based population estimate, western Allegany County has more bears per square mile than anywhere else in the state. Allegany County has also seen an increase in the number of sightings and nuisance calls as well as vehicle collisions over the past several years. Though all of Allegany County has been open to bear hunting since 2006, the habitat has remained relatively unhunted. In fact, less than 15% of the bears harvested since 2004 have come from Allegany County.
Public Hunting Opportunities in Allegany County