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Massachusetts totals black bear season harvest

From the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife

-- During the 2011 fall bear seasons, licensed hunters took a total of 144 black bears in Massachusetts.

During the 17-day September season 114 bears were taken, and 30 were taken during the 18-day November season.  The breakdown of figures by totals 57 bears taken in Berkshire County, 42 in Franklin, 16 in Hampden, 26 in Hampshire and 3 in Worcester County.

The largest field-dressed bear to be checked in weighed 387 pounds and was taken in Becket with a bow. Bear hunters are reminded the 2011 bear permit application and $5 application fee are due July 16.  Online license holders must apply and pay for their bear permit application by clicking here.

Hunters who purchase licenses from a license vendor will find their permit application on their hunting or sporting licenses. The application and fee must be mailed or dropped off at MassWildlife's Field Headquarters in Westborough.  

More information about black bears can be found here.

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