Monday is opening day in round two of bear season in Eastern North Carolina. There are an estimated 7000 black bears in Eastern North Carolina, and officials say the population is doing well. Mark Jones, a wildlife biologist and black bear project leader for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, says hunting is a tool for managing that population. The state has one of the largest bear populations. The Wildlife Commission asks that each hunter who bags a bear submit biological samples from the bear to help with better management of the population.
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