black bears

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  Kentucky’s black bear population is on the rise and state Fish and Wildlife officials are keeping them under the radar in order to control their numbers.

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  The Humane Society is calling on Governor Steve Beshear to immediately stop the state’s black bear hunt, after the quota during the first archery portion of the season was exceeded.

Mike Bender/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky hunters killed 11 black bears last weekend, including one that set a record for its size. Doug Adkins of Jenkins killed the state-record bear estimated at more than 450 pounds in Letcher County. All the bears killed came from Harlan and Letcher counties. The hunting season was scheduled to continue through Monday but wildlife officials closed it down Sunday night because hunters killed the maximum number of bears.