260 hunters were awarded black bear permits and allowed to name one hunting partner to harvest a black bear in Maryland's woods. The quota for this year is 55-80, reduced from last year's 65-80.
This year marks the 8th black bear hunt since a 50 year moratorium was lifted in 2004. During the last seven years more than 340 bears have been harvested.
Today the hunt opens in Garrett and Allegany counties, and the season will close Saturday. That overlaps with the first day of turkey season. If the quota is reached before then, the season will close at that time. Stay safe and be aware. From The Republic .