After 2,428 bears killed in 2016, record season expected in 2017
Virginia officials are expecting record numbers of bears killed during this year’s hunting season.
The Roanoke Times reports that a new early October bear season will result in a 12 percent increase in the number killed. Last season there were a record 2,428 bears killed in Virginia.
There were 30,868 resident and 957 nonresident licenses sold last season and officials do not expect a major increase this year. The early three-day season runs Oct. 2-4 in 37 counties.