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Sunday, August 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Black bear research

This summer Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists collected hair samples from black bears in northeast Washington. The effort is part of a larger statewide study aimed at determining bear densities in different regions of Washington. That information has never been collected in Washington before, with managers instead using notoriously unreliable hunter harvest reports and decades-old statewide population estimates, to set hunting regulations.