Virginia bear hunting season sets record

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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Hunters in Virginia killed a record number of bears during the most recent hunting season.

The Roanoke Times reports that state figures show 2,861 bears were killed, marking a 17 percent increase from the previous season.

The increase in bear hunting was partly due to a first-ever three-day season in early October, which was held in 37 counties. There were 395 reported bears killed during that season, which made up 14% of the total for the year.

Virginia sold 32,687 bear licenses, which was about 900 more than the year before, though hunters from 33 different states reported they killed a bear in the commonwealth.

Turkey hunting saw a 24 percent decline from the previous year, and deer hunting saw a 5 percent increase.