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Expected big bear harvest a boon for state

PostPosted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:52 am
by Tom Nolette
Outdoors in Maine: Expected big bear harvest a boon for state

Maine's annual bear hunt begins in about a month.

Maine has a large and healthy black bear population. Eclipsed only by our November deer hunt, the early fall hunt for black bears has become a major contributor to the state's rural economy. Guided bear hunts in early September by nonresident hunters comprise the largest proportion of the annual bear kill.

Each year, hunters take about 10 percent of Maine's estimated bear population, which is currently estimated at 36,000. This figure is considerably higher than a few years ago. More bear are bagged in Aroostook County than in any other county, and about 70 percent of the statewide bear tagged are taken by nonresident hunters who spend about a week in Maine paying guides, sporting camps and buying gas and groceries. ... te/1967454
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