New York Bear Season Preliminary Numbers

Canis. Valley Nws, Bear Hunting Magazine

State officials say it was a good year for bear hunting in New York, and a new record was set in at least one region. In western New York's Allegany region, hunters reported taking a record 200 bears. That's a 67 percent increase over the previous record of 120, which was set the year prior.

Up north in the Adirondacks, warm weather led to a slow start for the season and hunters took 455 bears, compared to 544 in 2007. Preliminary totals in the Catskills show 493 bears were taken, just one shy of the record set in 2005.

Final results of the state's bear harvest won't be available until February.

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