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|The goal of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment's Black Bear Management Program is to maintain a healthy black bear population that provides viewing and hunting opportunities for residents, yet does not create excessive bear problems for people living near bear habitat.|
To maintain this balance, an area and quota system for bear hunting that divides the state into 10 Bear Management Units (BMUs) was established in 1990. A desired bear population is determined for each unit based on the number of bear the surrounding habitat will support without causing significant problems for local residents. Each hunting season, a harvest quota is set that reflects the desired population goal for each BMU.