TOWNSHIP 34, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- With 30,000 black bears, Maine has the highest population of bears in the entire country. It's a population that has been growing over the past 10 years.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife takes data from nearly 100 dens each winter to keep track of the population. Those numbers help determine the length of the hunting season and how many hunters would be needed. But that could become a bit tougher if a proposed referendum by the Mainers for fair bear hunting group passes in November- banning the three most successful ways bears are hunted.