- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 12, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Maine bear biologists captured 66 different bears a total of 92 times during this year’s capture season.

Officials with the state Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife say biologists also placed radio collars on 16 female bears. Officials say the trapping and collaring is a critical piece of the state’s black bear management program. Collaring the bears allows biologists to collect information on birth and death rates.

The trapping took place over 43 days in Washington County in May and June. Trapping takes place with cable-foot restraints. State bear biologist Randy Cross says this spring’s wet weather made it harder to trap bears.

The trapped bears ranged from a 12-pound cub to a 432-pound 11-year-old. Officials say bears were anesthetized, tattooed with an identifying number, and released unharmed.

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