Black bear hunting season has ended in Maryland with hunters taking home 69 bears.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources says it may change the way black bear hunts are managed to make planning easier for hunters.
Maryland has closed its 2013 black bear hunting season with hunters reporting 94 bears killed in the western part of the state.
Maryland wildlife officials say a new formula for allocating bear hunting permits could mean about half of the permits will be awarded to Allegany and Garrett counties, the counties where hunting is allowed.
It’s Maryland’s version of big game and Monday evening, it’s open season on black bears.
Maryland’s eighth bear-hunting season in modern times opens Monday in Garrett and Allegany counties and can last six days or be stopped sooner if the Wildlife & Heritage Service believes enough bruins have been harvested.