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Oklahoma's 1st bear season successful

State wildlife officials are labeling Oklahoma’s first-ever bear hunting season a success.

A total of 19 bears were shot amid four southeast Oklahoma counties during a season that ran Oct. 1-Nov. 1.

Micah Holmes, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation public information supervisor, said the state had placed a maximum quota of 20 bears that could be killed from within a population estimated at about 450 animals.

He said the season makes Oklahoma the 29th state to allow black bear hunting. Kansas occasionally has a bear wander in from a neighboring state but has no true bear population.