Remember that massive, record-setting Maine black bear a few weeks back?

As it turns out, that wasn’t a fluke, as Maine is experiencing one of the best black bear seasons ever.

From this story on

Maine hunting guides are telling state game officials that 2012 will go down in the record books as one of the best years ever to hunt bears in the state. Guides are seeing record bear numbers as well as record-sized bear, including the new state record of 699 pounds this season. Many others are in the 600 and 500 pound weight classes. State officials say Maine hasn’t had a bear hunting season like this since 1993, when the previous record 680-pound bear was taken.

Great news for Maine bear hunters. Any thoughts on why this season is standing out for both numbers and size of bears?