In 2016, the success of New York’s bear hunters fell just short of the last year’s totals, a Department of Environmental Conservation report showed Friday.

In 2016, 1,539 bears were harvested throughout the state, compared with the previous year’s total of 1,715.

The northern zone of the state killed 514 black bears, and 1,025 black bears were taken in the southern zone, a 10 percent and 12 percent drop, respectively, the state report said.

Despite the slight drop, DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos seemed satisfied with the numbers.

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