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.