Maryland Bear Population Doubles Since 2005

Maryland Dept. Of Natural Resources, Bear Hunting Magazine

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources released their black bear population results this week and shows that it has more than doubled since 2005. Because of this, the department will be adjusting their states hunting rules starting this year.

State wildlife biologists stated that the population study done in 2011 indicated at least 782 bears live in Garrett and Allegany counties, where bear hunting is allowed, which is up from 362 bears based from their 2005 study. At least 100 more bears live in Washington and Frederick counties.

Hunters will be allowed to harvest 80 to 110 bears this coming October. In 2011, they harvested 65 before the Maryland DNR closed the season. The number of permits awarded by lottery will increase from 260 to 340. Up to three hunters can hunt on one permit.

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