Maryland's Bear Hunt Ends With 56 Taken

wjz, Bear Hunting Magazine

State Natural Resources officials have ended Maryland's annual black bear hunt.

The hunt in Allegany and Garrett counties ended Thursday evening after 56 bears were reported killed.

Wildlife officials established a harvest quota of 55 to 75 bears for the hunt, which began Monday.

The hunt by the numbers:
" 56 bears taken
" 46 from Garrett County, 10 from Allegany County
" 178 lbs. average weight
" 86 percent of the bears were taken on private land
" 59 percent of successful hunters live in the hunt area
" 452 hunters participated in the hunt and 3,278 hunters applied for a permit.

Before the annual hunt resumed in 2004, there had been no legal bear hunting in Maryland since 1953.

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