Bears beware in Virginia. According to WHSV, Hunters in Virginia killed a record number of bears during the most recent hunting season.
The Roanoke Times reports that state figures show 2,861 bears were killed, marking a 17 percent increase from the previous season.
The increase in bear hunting was partly due to a first-ever three-day season in early October, which was held in 37 counties. There were 395 reported bears killed during that season, which made up 14% of the total for the year.
Virginia sold 32,687 bear licenses, which was about 900 more than the year before, though hunters from 33 different states reported they killed a bear in the commonwealth.
Turkeys, not so much. Turkey hunting declined 24 percent from the previous year. But back to those bears . . .
Virginia residents pay $21 for a bear hunting license. Non-residents pay a whopping $151. (That’s in addition to a regular hunting licence, with a wide variety of options and fees.)
Assuming 30,000 Virginia residents paid the state to hunt bears, that’s $630,000 into the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries coffers to help them “Conserve. Connect. Protect.” For that money, license holders had a roughly one-in-11 chance of harvesting a bear.