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Maryland Black Bear Hunt Closed

The Maryland Department Natural Resources (DNR) closed the 2012 black bear hunting season at 9 p.m. today with hunters reporting 92 bears to mandatory check stations in Western Maryland. DNR opened the season October 22 in Garrett and Allegany counties, meeting its management goal in five days.


The average live weight of the bears taken this year was 160 pounds. John Fink of Oakland, Md. took the largest bear of the season, a 452-pound male.


The hunt by the numbers:

92 bears taken

82 from Garrett County, 10 from Allegany County

160 lbs. average weight

67% of the bears were taken on private land

693 hunters participated in the hunt and 4,027 hunters applied for a permit


More information on Maryland’s black bear hunt is available here or through the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service page at


Hunters are invited to follow @MDBlackbear on Twitter.


The Maryland Natural resource Police (NRP) charged 22 individuals with violations during the black bear season. Charges included failure to wear fluorescent orange, hunting black bears with the aid of bait, and baiting on State-owned lands.


The following individuals were charged during the 2012 hunt:

Paul Alfred Bittinger of Oakland, Md.

John Preston Carnes, Jr. of Hagerstown, Md.

Myron Lee Draper of Williamsport, Md.

Myron Lee Draper III of Williamsport, Md.

Jimmy Torres Leitao of Leesburg, Va.

Jose Bento Milheiro of Sterling, Va.

Larry Nesline of Bittinger, Md.

Jose Manuel Neto of Laurel, Md.

Joaquim Conceicao Nunes of Silver Spring, Md.

Fernando Lopes Duarte of Laurel, Md.

William Matthew Hebler of Swanton, Md.

David Wayne Hepler of Edgewater, Md.

Charles Donald Kline of Glen Burnie, Md.

Michael Lawrence Miller of Knoxville Md.

Richard Lee Montgomery of Westernport, Md.

Edward John Mylinski of Parkton, Md.

Jose Manuel Quelhas of Rosedale, Md.

Keith Yeager of Nottingham, Md.

Franklin Paul Skiffer of Swanton, Md.

Robert Lee Thomas, Jr. of Harwood, Md.

Roger Wayne Tracey, Jr. of Manchester, Md.

Donald Lee Upole, Sr. of Oakland, Md.