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Photo by N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission/Tommy EasonBlack bear in Dare County.
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Photo by N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission/Tommy EasonBlack bear in Dare County.

Black bear population on the rise

By Mike DAvis

The Daily Reflector

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North Carolina has seen an increase in its black bear population in recent years, and the state’s Wildlife Resources Commission has proposed some hunting regulations changes to stabilize the population.

The commission created a 10-year black bear population plan in 2012.


The proposals will be voted on in March by 19 commissioners appointed by the General Assembly — 10 at-large commissioners and nine others who represent districts throughout the state — according to Colleen Olfenbuttel, a biologist with the wildlife commission.

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