For the hunters, anyway, 2019 was the best season on record for bear hunting.
"Vermont bear biologist Forrest Hammond says the results are consistent with the goal of maintaining the state’s bear population to between 4,500 to 6,000 bears. “Fifty years ago Vermont had less than 1,500 bears, and they were found mostly in the mountains and northeastern quarter of the state,” Hammond said in a statement issued by the department. “Today we have about 5,000 bears in Vermont, and they are found pretty much throughout the state.”
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