Minnesota’s black bear season opened Sept. 1, and through Tuesday, a total of 1,131 bears had been taken, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Through the first seven days of the season, a total of 1,118 bears were registered, up 14 percent from the same period of the 2014 hunt.
A total of 3,700 permits were issued to hunters in the Quota Zone for this fall’s hunt, and another 2,800 or more hunters outside that zone were expected to buy over-the-counter licenses.
A total, of 1,627 bears were taken in Minnesota last year, and the 2013 harvest was 1,866. Those were the lowest harvest totals since the 1980s. Minnesota’s bear population, an estimated 12,000 to 15,000, has dropped from an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 in 2001. The DNR had kept the number of permits low, hoping to allow the population to expand.