Hunters take four black bears during Kentucky’s 2011 season

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Hunters took four black bears during Kentucky's third season for the bruins, held during the weekend of Dec. 10-11.

Neil Perkins, of Hallie, Ky., took a 350-pound male bear in Letcher County that is the heaviest bear taken since Kentucky's first bear season in 2009, said Steven Dobey, bear program coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Hunters took two bears in Letcher County and two in Harlan County.

Snow and ice storms created difficult hunting conditions during Kentucky's two previous bear seasons. A total of six bears have now been taken in three seasons. Hunters purchased 484 permits for the 2011 hunt.

Black bears moved into Kentucky by natural range expansion from West Virginia, Virginia and Tennessee. At the present time only three southeastern counties – Harlan, Letcher and Pike – are open to bear hunting in Kentucky.

"Our highest bear densities are on Pine Mountain, which runs through Harlan and Letcher counties and extends into Pike County along its southeastern boundary,” said Dobey. "Harlan and Letcher counties border Virginia, which has had a fall bear season for decades.”

Hunters are required to register their harvest online or over the telephone through the state's Telecheck system. Hunters are also required to bring the bears to a check station so biologists can collect information on the bear's age, sex, weight, body measurements, and the presence of tags or tattoos used to mark some animals.

Perkins' bear had some history. "We had captured him in May 2010 in Hyden, Ky., in Leslie County for nuisance-related behavior, and released on Hensley-Pine Mountain WMA,” said Dobey. "At that time he weighed about 200 pounds.”

Dobey said the bear likely weighed more than 400 pounds before it was field dressed.


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  • by Meat Eater on Dec 18, 2011 at 06:03 PM
    If it is so easy Eric, Why didn't the big mean hunters kill 10 bears? lol @ you
  • by eric Location: lex on Dec 17, 2011 at 07:08 AM
    What skill it must take to take a high powered rifle with a telescopic lens and kill an animal. So macho. Also, if there are bears in your neighborhood then you're likely just one of the idiot who invaded the bears neighborhood, but you're too dumb to see it that way.
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      by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 at 05:53 PM in reply to eric
      Well if you live in Lex then Lex was originally a wilderness area so you too have invaded the bears home.Don't think that bears won't be able to roam the streets of Lex.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 09:35 AM
    what a waste im sure the bear did like the elk and stood there for them like an old milk cow.this isnt hunting this is slaughter for the bear and elk.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    That was it? I was hoping for more. They are getting to be a huge nuisance in our neighborhood. I'm afraid to go out my door after dark in the summer now. You can call the Dept. of Forestry but good luck on getting one relocated.
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      by j on Dec 16, 2011 at 08:08 AM in reply to
      well maybe you should move, did you ever think that maybe it is their territory you are invading?
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        by Well And Good on Dec 16, 2011 at 10:24 AM in reply to j
        J,where you live and your home can be considered a bear habitat too.Are you willing to surrender your home to the bears? After all we must consider their territory.
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        by Anonymous on Dec 17, 2011 at 10:54 AM in reply to j
        I've lived in the same home for 35 years and it's only been in the last 2-3 years that we've had a bear problem! Someone will have to be killed or seriously hurt before they will do something!!
  • by Anonymous on Dec 16, 2011 at 01:24 AM
    big tough guy killing a bear

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