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Fate of future bear hunts uncertain

Fish and Game Council, DEP will assess results of 2005 season


The state bear management plan that called for a hunt this year also calls for one in 2006 and subsequent years, but whether future hunts take place is contingent on discussions between the Fish and Game Council, the Department of Environmental Protection and the DEP commissioner.

DEP spokeswoman Elaine Makatura said Monday that data from the six-day bear hunt that ended over the weekend is being analyzed and likely won't be made public until January.

"We're saying the hunt is successful The numbers are on par with the number of bears taken two years ago," she said.

This year's hunt was the second one in 35 years and yielded 297 bears. One in 2003 yielded 328 bears...
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