FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — State Fish and Wildlife officials say hunters in Kentucky claimed 20 black bears during the season that ended in December.
It was the first season with a new expanded bear hunting zone and an archery and crossbow season.
Hunters can now hunt bears in 16 Kentucky counties, up from four counties in 2012.
In the recent season, hunters harvested eight male and two female bears during the firearms season. They took six males and four females during the archery and crossbow season.
Seven were killed in Letcher County, and three bears each were taken in Harlan, Leslie and Perry counties.
Modern-day bear hunting in Kentucky began in 2009.