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Md. bear season ends; 94 animals killed

Bears sometimes show up inside the Capital Beltway, but many more of them live in the wilds of western Maryland, where this year’s black bear hunting season has just closed, with at least one killed that weighed almost 400 pounds, authorities said.

The six-day season closed officially at 9 p.m. Saturday in Garrett and Allegany counties, with 94 bears reported by hunters to the check stations, the state department of Natural Resources said.

Seventy bears were taken in Garrett County, with 24 killed in Allegany County.

A total of 748 people took part in the hunt, meaning that about one hunter in eight emerged from the woods with a bear. The average weight of the bears shot was142 pounds; the heaviest was a 392-pound male.

The Natural Resources Police charged 19 people with violations, which incuded failure to wear fluorescent orange, and hunting black bears with the aid of bait.

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