Record Kentucky bear hunt season exceeds quota

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Animal rights activists are asking officials why 11 more black bears were killed in Kentucky last year than the 35-bear quota set by state wildlife officials.

The Kentucky Enquirer  reports that the state had a record black bear hunt in 2015, killing 46 black bears.

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Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources Wildlife Division Director Steve Beam says that his office sets conservative quotas, with the quota not being a strict limit.

The Humane Society of the United States, though, says that if the state is calling the hunts population control measures, it should take a more thorough approach to tracking how many bears are in Kentucky.

Beam says Kentucky hasn’t been scientifically tracking its bear population for a few years, but is working to improve its future assessments.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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