Yes, yes it does… and for one Maine bear hunter, it was right on his head.
On the last day of bear season 2017, a group of hunters in Maine, with the use of dogs, chased a black bear up a tree where he was most likely shot and harvested for meat and fur. I know it sounds brutal because people tend to associate bears with cute, fuzzy childhood toys and anthropomorphic characters like Yogi Bear, Winnie the Pooh and more, but it’s a necessary part of maintaining population control, the ecological stability of the area and more.
Only a certain amount are allowed to be hunted every year, and there are many rules and regulations put in place to assure that bears are harvested as ethically as possible. Not to mention, bear meat is pretty damn good.
However, before this black bear met its demise, he took one final shit… right on the hunter’s head.
“We had a “shitty” last day of the 2017 Maine bear season.”
According to the DIF&W, Maine’s bear population is somewhere in the neighborhood of 36,000, one of the highest in the entire country. Harvests in the past three years were 3,314 in 2018, 2,897 in 2017 and 2,859 in 2016. By state law, hunters can only harvest two bears per year, one by hunting and one by trapping.
Only about 25% of Maine bear hunter fill their tag.