WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Maryland Black Bear Population Rises, As Will Hunting Limits

Play associated audio
Blackears are becoming a more common sight in Maryland over the last several years.
Pat Gaines: http://www.flickr.com/photos/33403047@N00/4642789548/
Blackears are becoming a more common sight in Maryland over the last several years.

Maryland's black bear population has more than doubled since 2005, and hunting rules are being adjusted accordingly.

Wildlife biologist Harry Spiker says a population study done last year indicates at least 782 bears live in Garrett and Allegany counties, the only counties in which bear hunting is allowed. That's up from 362 in a 2005 population study.

Spiker says at least 100 more bears live in Washington and Frederick counties. He says hunters will be allowed to kill 80 to 110 bears this October. Last year, they killed 65 before the Department of National Resources closed the season.

Spiker says the number of permits awarded by lottery will increase to 340 from 260. Up to three hunters can hunt on one permit.

NPR

On Television, More Transgender Characters Come Into Focus

Now that it's more common to see gay characters on TV, is the medium turning to transgender people for fresh stories? NPR's Neda Ulaby looks at TV's crop of transgender and "gender fluid" characters.
NPR

Obama Gets A Taste Of Jiro's 'Dream' Sushi In Name Of Diplomacy

On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
NPR

Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour

The 90-year-old former GOP senator says it's an opportunity to meet with friends and thank voters who supported him during his decades-long career in state and national politics.
NPR

FCC To Propose Change To Net Neutrality Rules, Media Report

The FCC is expected to put out new Internet traffic rules that would let content providers negotiate for better service. NPR's Melissa Block talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Gautham Nagesh.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.