Black bear population booms in northern Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s northern Lower Peninsula is experiencing a bear boom.

The black bear population has risen 29 percent in the region since 2012 and almost 50 percent since 2000, according to wildlife management specialist Kevin Swanson of the Department of Natural Resources.

Swanson says complaints about nuisance bears are increasing, especially in the Baldwin management unit, which extends from Muskegon County north to Leelanau County.

Swanson says the Upper Peninsula population has grown by a more manageable 11 percent since 2012.