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ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — 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, 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. The state sold 32,687 bear licenses, with hunters from 33 different states reporting they killed a dear.

Turkey hunting saw a 24 percent decline from the previous year.


Information from: The Roanoke Times,