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Aug 30, 2016 3:36 PM

As the NH bear population grows, some say more hunting needed

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The black bear population in New Hampshire and northern New England is growing, and wildlife managers say this year's hunt for the animals is especially important to control it.

The growing bear population has caused some confrontations between people and bears, especially during dry summers like this one. Dry weather prompts bears to search birdfeeders and garbage cans for food.

The bear hunt started Monday in Maine, where more than 600 people have complained of bear encounters this year. That's the most since 2012.

New Hampshire and Vermont also have fall bear hunts, and authorities in those states also have encouraged more hunting to help stabilize the population.

Maine wildlife authorities say they hope more people participate in this year's hunting season so the state's bear population growth slows.

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