posted on Oct, 25 2004 @ 06:06 PM
OAKLAND, Maryland (AP) -- A freelance outdoors writer bagged an 84-pound female black bear Monday, the first bear legally killed by a hunter in
Maryland in 51 years
Baiting was prohibited during the tightly regulated six-day hunt, intended to cull a growing bear population but opposed by animal rights groups.
Instead of waiting near a pile of jelly doughnuts or lighting up a smoky, sweet-smelling lure, participants must go where the bears are.
Despite the relatively young age and small size of the first bear killed, both Ciekot and DNR officials were satisfied with the kill.
"This is the next step in bear management in Maryland," said Harry Spiker, DNR's black bear project manager.
I don't agree with this at all! I think the hunters that participate in this just want the bears as trophy's and the official that allow it are
worse! They should let nature decide! Hunting to put food on the table is one thing, but to kill them because they are a nuisance to residents is just