A record number of black bears were killed in Tennessee during the state's most recent hunting season for the species, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
A total of 581 black bears were killed in 2011, TWRA spokesman Don King said. The second highest total was 573 in 2009. Bear hunting season varies according to county in Tennessee, with the first beginning in late September and the last finishing Dec. 14.
Hunters are limited to killing one bear per season.
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