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In all, 3,853 bears were tagged by hunters in 2020. That total is the highest since 3,921 bears were taken in 2004. The harvest record was set in 2000, when 3,951 bears were taken. This year's total was also topped in 2001 (3,903 bears) and 2003 (3,900). "It was an extremely dry year, and a poor natural food year, so we had a better response [by bears coming] to bait," said Jennifer Vashon, the state black bear biologist for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Vashon said a record number of resident (698) and nonresident (98) bear trapping licenses were sold. In addition, 5,041 residents bought licenses to hunt over bait, marking the first year since 2004 that more than 5,000 of those permits were sold. Nonresident bait permits hit 5,284, the highest level since 2007.

https://bangordailynews.com/2021/01/08/outdoors/maine-bear-harvest-in-2020-was-the-5th-highest-on-record/
 
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