27 bears killed at Md. hunt season start
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
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