TWRA: Record year for black bear hunting in 2018

Tennessee

The Tennessee Wildlife Agency says 2018 was one for the record books in black bear hunting.

Hunters harvesting a record 759 bears last year, breaking the previous record from back in 2011.

TWRA says this harvest trend has been increasing for three decades, meaning the bear population is going up.

According to black bear program leader Dan Gibbs, this may stabilize bear numbers in certain areas but not as a whole.

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