Achieving its increased quota of 95 to 130 black bears in this year's annual hunt should not be difficult after the most productive first day since the event was revived in 2004.
A total of 41 bears were killed Monday, according to Paul Peditto, director of wildlife and heritage services for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.The previous record was 38.
The first bear taken was also the biggest, a 315-pound sow. It was shot around 7:30 a.m by Robyn Cook of Westernport on private land just inside the Garrett County line, not far from where she lives.
Given the first day's results, it seems likely that more than 100 bears will be taken for the first time since the ban on bear hunting was lifted after a 51-year hiatus. Cool, sunny weather produced near-perfect hunting conditions, Peditto said.
“This is not a surprise,” Peditto said of the record take.