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93 bears hunted in Estonia in season ending in October

BC, Tallinn, 28.10.2020.Print version

Hunters have shot 93 bears in Estonia during the past hunting season from the start of August until the end of October 2020 -- just as many as permitted by the authorities, informs LETA/BNS.

Eighteen bears have been killed in Jogeva County, 17 in West-Viru County, and 10 each in Jarva and Tartu counties, nine in East-Viru County, eight in Viljandi County, six in Harju County and five each in Parnu and Rapla Counties. Three bears were killed in Polva County and one each in Valga and Voru counties.

While the Environmental Board initially permitted to kill 87 bears, it issued six more bear kill permits at the end of the season to Harju, Jogeva, Rapla and Tartu counties. One supplementary permit was granted to Polva and Voru counties and one to Viljandi and Valga counties.

The size of the Estonian bear population was approximately 900 last fall, compared with about 700 a few years ago. The condition of the bear population is seen to be generally good, while differing by region. 

During the 2019 bear hunting season 67 bears were shot in Estonia, compared with 70 permits issued. Two permits were not used in Polva County and one in Rapla County.

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