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8:35 am
Thu June 26, 2014

450 Permits for Bear Hunting Season


OAKLAND, Md. (AP) - Natural resources officials say they will issue 450 bear hunting permits for this year's season.

Harry Spiker of the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service tells The Times-News of Cumberland that 380 permits were issued for last year's hunt. More than 3,500 hunters applied for those permits.

This year's hunt is set for Oct. 20-23. It takes place only in Garrett and Allegany counties.

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12:04 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Secession in the Wind for Western Maryalnd Counties

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CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) - A group seeking separate statehood for western Maryland is holding its first official town hall meeting in Cumberland.

Volunteer Rich Biancone says the gathering Friday night at Allegany College of Maryland is for supporters, detractors and people who are just plain curious.

He tells the Cumberland Times-News that the initiative is led by Carroll County resident Scott Strzelczyk.

The group aims to form a new state composed of Allegany, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett and Washington counties.

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8:25 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Maryland Bear Hunting Season Closed


HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland has closed its 2013 black bear hunting season with hunters reporting 94 bears killed in the western part of the state.

The season opened last Monday in Allegany and Garrett counties for six days and closed on Saturday. Most of the bears were killed in Garrett County, with a tally of 70. In Allegany County, 24 were killed.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources reports the average life weight of the bears this year was 142 pounds. The agency says Mark Martin of Oakland took the largest bear of the season. It was a 392-pound male.

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8:29 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Bear Hunting Season Opens Today in Maryland

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HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's black bear season is opening with rule changes that could push the tally over 100 for the first time since a 51-year ban on bear hunting was lifted in 2004.

The season opens Monday in Allegany and Garrett counties. It continues through Saturday but will be stopped if the number of bears killed reaches the state quota of 95 to 130.

Last year's quota was 80 to 100 bears. The Department of Natural Resources ended the hunt at 92.

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8:51 am
Thu July 18, 2013

No Elk For Western Maryland

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A statewide sportsmen's group says it's dropping an effort to reintroduce elk to western Maryland.

The Maryland Legislative Sportsmen's Foundation said Wednesday there isn't enough local support for the idea.

Vice Chairman Bill Miles says the group found strong support statewide for the concept it announced nearly two years ago. But he says stakeholders in Allegany and Garrett counties were largely opposed due to fears of increased vehicle collisions, crop damage and animal disease.

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8:30 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Western MD Counties Want Special Energy Corridor

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's two westernmost counties are seeking state support for development of an "energy corridor" recognizing the economic value of the regions natural resources.

Allegany and Garrett county officials are pitching the proposal at their annual breakfast for state legislators Friday in Annapolis.

They say western Maryland has abundant coal, natural gas and timber. They also tout the region's potential for more wind, solar and hydroelectric power.

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9:29 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Bear Hunting Season Opens in Maryland

Bear Hunt in Maryland

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Maryland's black bear hunting season is opening with an expanded kill quota and more hunters to help manage the growing population.

The season opens Monday, with hunting restricted to the two westernmost counties, Allegany and Garrett.

The season will end Saturday or sooner, depending on how quickly hunters reach the Department of Natural Resources' quota of 80 to 110 bears.  Last year, the agency let hunters to kill 65 bears.

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