Early bear hunting season starts in parts of New York; hunts used for population control


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ALBANY, New York — Early black bear hunting season is starting in parts of upstate New York.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation says early bear hunting season opened at sunrise Saturday in designated parts of New York's southern zone, chiefly around the Catskills and the western Hudson Valley.

The season begins next Saturday in portions of the state's northern zone, mostly around the Adirondacks.

Wildlife officials use early black bear hunting seasons to help control bear populations.

Details of where hunting is allowed are available online at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28605.html .

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