Hunter bags 552-pound black bear as Maine’s season gets off to booming start
BANGOR, Maine — Earlier this year, wildlife biologist Randy Cross predicted that a relative lack of natural foods would make bears more eager to approach baited stands come bear season, and that equation could result in an advantage for the hunters.
With less than two weeks left in the state’s season for hunting bears over bait, that appears to have been the case, Cross said.
About 3,000 bears are typically shot by hunters each year, and as of Wednesday, that number sat at 2,157. And the hunt started out with a bang: Youth Bear Day hunters tagged 63 bears on Aug. 25, compared with the 23 taken by junior hunters on their special day a year ago.
“As I expected, the season has started off really well,” said Cross, the longtime crew leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s bear study. “There’s been really good activity [at the baits].”
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