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Arkansas bear hunt numbers remain strong

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says the state's black bear population remains strong.

The agency said Friday that hunters killed more than 400 bears during the 2011-2012 season.

A year before, hunters took more than 450 bears and the 2009-2010 season saw hunters take a record 530 bears.

Bear Program Coordinator Myron Means says future hunts may see the two-day early modern gun hunt in Bear Zone 2 removed. The female harvest ratio in Zone 2 increased from 35 percent to 50 percent. That ratio of hunted females isn't sustainable over the long-term.

Means says many bears were killed on private land by hunters using bait. Polk and Scott counties were the two top counties for bear kills, with 96 taken in total in the two counties.

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