Cumberland Times-News

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November 10, 2012

Harvest of 92 bears smashes Md. record

MOUNT NEBO — Maryland’s 2012 bear season lasted five days and was stopped after the 92nd bear had been checked in on Oct. 26. The harvest range for this year’s hunt was 80-110.

Only 10 of the bears were killed in Allegany County, the bulk being bagged in Garrett. Just those two counties are open for the bear hunt.

The average weight of the bears was 160 pounds. The largest bear checked in was a 452-pound male taken by John Fink of Oakland.

This year’s harvest easily surpassed the season record of 68 bears killed during the 2009 hunt. The number of permits was increased this year from 260 to 340.

Maryland Natural Resources Police charged 22 hunters with bear season violations:

• Paul Alfred Bittinger, Oakland.

• John Preston Carnes Jr., Hagertown.

• Myron Lee Draper, Williamsport.

• Myron Lee Draper III, Williamsport.

• Jimmy Torres Leitao, Leesburg, Va.

• Jose Bento Miheiro, Sterling, Va.

• Larry Nesline, Bittinger.

• Jose Mauel Neto, Laurel.

• Joaquim Conceicao Nunes, Silver Spring.

• Fernando Lopes, Duarte, Laurel.

• William Matthew Hebler, Swanton.

• David Wayne Hepler, Edgewater.

• Charles Donald Kline, Glen Burnie.

• Michael Lawrence Miller, Knoxville.

• Richard Lee Montgomery, Westernport.

    •Edward John Mylinski, Parkton.

• Jose Manuel Quelhas, Rosedale.

• Keith Yeager, Nottingham.

• Franklin Paul Skiffer, Swanton.

• Robert Lee Thomas Jr., Harwood.

• Roger Wayne Tracey Jr., Manchester.

• Donald Lee Upole Sr., Oakland.

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