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.
Tennessee hunters harvested a record 759 black bears in 2018 breaking the previous record of 589 set in 2011. TWRA Black Bear Program Leader Dan Gibbs points to a growing black bear population, a sparse acorn crop and good weather to account for the record season.#tnwildlife pic.twitter.com/DRCXFdjghR— TWRA (@tnwildlife) January 24, 2019