Kentucky To Kick Off First Bear Hunt In Over a Century

_Hundreds of sportsmen will make history Saturday as they step into the woods for Kentucky's first black bear season in more than a century. Much like the successful and storied comebacks of our native deer, turkey and elk, black bears are once again firmly rooted in the Bluegrass after loss of habitat and unregulated hunting led to their demise in the state so long ago. . . .
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"Bears are now well established in eastern Kentucky and research shows that population growth has risen steadily over the last 20 years. ... Kentucky's bear population can sustain a hunt," said Steven Dobey, bear program coordinator for the KDFW, in a recent news release.