ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Environmental regulators say hunters killed the second-largest number of bears on record during the 2015 season in New York.
The Department of Environmental Conservation says 1,715 black bears were killed, 148 behind the 2003 record.
Acting DEC Commissioner Basil Seggos said Wednesday the bear population is doing well.
One wildlife management unit covering parts of Sullivan and Orange counties had one black bear for every 3 square miles.
In the northern zone, hunters killed 583 bears, up 65 from 2014. Southern zone hunters killed 1,132, up 22 from a year earlier.
The heaviest bear was killed in Sullivan County. It weighed 520 lbs.