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Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 10/26/2010

27 bears killed at Md. hunt season start

By Washington Post editors

Maryland natural resources officials say 27 bears were killed on the first day of this year’s black bear hunting season.

State officials say the season lasts through Saturday, but hunting will be stopped once the quota of 65 to 90 bears is reached. The quota is five more than last year when hunters killed 68 bears.

Harry Spiker, a bear biologist with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, says Leslie Nightingale of Lonaconing killed the first bear, a 234-pounder she caught in Garrett County just west of Deep Creek Lake on Monday.

This year marks Maryland’s seventh bear season since hunting resumed in 2004 after a 50-year ban. Hunting is limited to Allegany and Garrett counties.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 26, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Comments

Really? Is this necessary? That's just completely mean and unjustified. Leslie Nightingale should be ashamed of herself.

Posted by: ms1234 | October 26, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

How is hunting mean and unjustified?? Are you opposed to all hunting, or just bear hunting in Maryland? Trust me, the bear population west of Dan's Mnt. is thriving. There are bears in Cumberland. When a bear becomes a nuisance, it is moved once. If it is still a nuisance, it is put down.

Posted by: broktun | October 27, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

How is hunting mean and unjustified?? Are you opposed to all hunting, or just bear hunting in Maryland? Trust me, the bear population west of Dan's Mnt. is thriving. There are bears in Cumberland. When a bear becomes a nuisance, it is moved once. If it is still a nuisance, it is put down.

Posted by: broktun | October 27, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

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