North Carolina Has Lower Harvest In 2012North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine
North Carolina hunters reported fewer black bears harvested during their 2012 bear hunting season.
Officials are worried that this drop could mean a significant increase next year of cubs being born. This may possibly leading to a spike in bear-human incidents in the mountains, where experts believe the bear population is already at about the peak of what can be tolerated.
A state bear biologist stated that they already receive hundreds of bear nuisance complaints a year. Preliminary numbers released by the state show that 698 bears were harvested in 2012, a 28% drop compared to 2011 numbers.