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Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 11:33am

More, Fatter Bears This Year

Updated: 5 years ago.
Wildlife experts say there will be more black bears like this one in Georgia this year, and they will be bigger than normal. (photo courtesy D. Hutcheson)

There are more bears roaming Georgia this year, and they’re fatter than usual.

Last year’s drought meant distressed oak trees in Georgia dropped more acorns … and those acorns helped feed more bear cubs, according to officials at Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources.

Those cubs then grew bigger than normal this year, as rains provided more plants to fatten the black bears up.

Some bears are topping five hundred pounds.

Officials are expecting record years for bear hunters because of the growth in size and population.

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