HAGERSTOWN — Maryland’s black bear hunt is a record-breaker.
The Department of Natural Resources says the kill total reached 80 Thursday, the fourth day of the season. That compares with the modern-day record of 68 set in 2009. Bear hunting resumed in Maryland in 2004 after a 51-year ban.
The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on when state wildlife managers feel that the hunt has met their quota of 80 to 100 bears for this year’s hunt.
The state issued 30 percent more hunting permits this year than last to help manage a bear population that has more than doubled since 2005.
Hunting is allowed only in the state’s two westernmost counties, Allegany and Garrett.