The bear harvest has decreased compared to the previous 2 years

Hunters are killing fewer bears this season than in the past two years, although harvest numbers are higher than before the pandemic, according to the states longtime bear biologist.

The preliminary number of bears killed during the hunt was 3,269 according to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlifes electronic reporting system. But the actual number could be closer to 3,300 if bears shot by deer hunters are counted, bear biologist Jennifer Vashon said.

Maine and Alaska are the only two states in the union that allow all three methods of hunting bears: baiting, using trained dogs and trapping. Maine, which has one of the highest bear populations in North America, also allows resident hunters to shoot a bear while hunting a deer.

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