Bear attacks: Seven separate black bear attacks in five states have injured seven people in recent weeks and raised concerns that more incidents could happen as the bear population continues to grow in many areas.
There have been bear sightings in some Middle Tennessee communities this year, but no reported attacks on humans. Two years ago a youngster was killed and an adult mauled by a black bear in East Tennessee.
Black bears have been on the increase in Tennessee in recent years, although the number killed by hunters last year was down. Last year 397 bears were killed, down from the record of 581 killed in 2011 and 566 killed in 566.
Bears expand their travels in the fall as they forage for food in preparation for the winter, sometimes ranging over 100 miles from their home territory.
In Tennessee bears can be hunted legally in a few designated counties in the eastern part of the state, and are protected everywhere else. If a bear is spotted, wildlife officials advise persons to stay away from it – going indoors if possible – and notifying authorities.
Hot shots: Mac McCaleb won a shootoff with Rob Mathis to capture the weekly trap shoot top honors at the Cedar City Gun Club. Both hit 49 of 50 shots in regulation.
Ray Hutcheson took Senior honors with a 48 and K.J. Davis was top Sub-Junior with a 43.
New shooter Autumn Brown won the Ladies competition with a 31.
For information about the weekly shoot or other area shooting events contact Ben Schade at the Gun Club.
Fishermen comments: Fishermen are invited to send comments and recommendations for the 2014 season to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
They can be e-mailed to: email@example.com/twra, called into the TWRA fisheries department at 781-6622, or mailed to: TWRA Fishing Comments, Ellington Agricultural Center, P.O. Box 41489, Nashville, Tn. 37204.
License reminder: With dove season and squirrel season open and other seasons coming soon, the TWRA reminds residents that anyone born after Jan.1, 1969, must complete a Hunter Education Course in order to get a license.
Information about license requirements and options is available at the TWRA website, tnwildlife.org or in the current Tennessee Hunting & Trapping Guide, available at most outdoor outlets.
The Guide includes the 2013-14 hunting rules and regulations, some of which are changed from last season.
Aug. 24-Feb. 28: squirrel season
Sept. 1-26: dove season first segment
Sept. 28-Oct. 25: deer archery season
Oct. 12-25: fall turkey season
Nov. 2-Feb. 28: rabbit, quail season
Nov. 9-22: muzzleloader season
Nov. 23-Jan. 5: deer gun season
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