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As bear populations grow, some say more hunting is answer

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By PATRICK WHITTLE
Associated Press

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

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

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

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

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

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