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DNR: Wis. bear population dwindling

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Wisconsin hunters hoping to snag a bear this year might have fewer chances.

DNR officials say the state's bear population has stopped growing.

This comes after several years of very high bear numbers.

To deal with the declining numbers, the DNR is setting a harvest target of 4,600 this year.

That's more than 600 less than last year.

"For this year, it's just slowing down, says Kris Belling from the Wisconsin DNR. "We recognize that the bear population is declining, that's okay, the hunters are still satisfied with the number of bears they're seeing, but we're just putting on the brakes a little bit so that we don't take the population down too far."

The state Natural Resources Board approved the DNR's plan on Wednesday.

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