Maryland 2009 Bear Season Now Closed

Maryland Dept. Of Natural Resources, Bear Hunting Magazine

UPDATE 10/30/2009

Season Closes On Day Four Of Season

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources announced the closing of the 2009 season in the western counties of Garrett and Allegany, with 68 bears reported at mandatory check stations. The quota target was 60 to 85.

"The 2009 bear hunt was an unqualified success," Harry Spiker, the department's Wildlife & Heritage Service leader, stated in a news release. "The hunt remains a safe, effective, well-regulated and scientifically sound tool for sustainably managing our bear population."

With the season closed, it will be illegal for any person who possesses a bear-hunting permit to further hunt the mammals. Also, hunters may not sell parts of any bear that has been killed in Maryland.

Maryland started out their 2009 six-day black bear season on Monday and reached nearly half its targeted number of bears taken just on the first day state officials stated on their website.

Maryland set the goal of 60 to 85 bears to be taken in 2009 in Garrett and Allegany counties for the season scheduled to end no later than Oct. 31, 2009.

One of the reasons hunters are having such good luck is the large population located in these counties. "The population is thriving; it's the wonderful habitat," said DNR's lead bear biologist, Harry Spiker. "It's a region-wide trend in the Eastern United States and Canada. Our second-growth forest has matured into a veritable banquet for bears."

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