Black bear killed near Biscoe

A Montgomery County man killed a black bear Nov. 15 near Biscoe.

A hunter killed this black bear near Biscoe, N.C., Nov. 15, 2014. (user-submitted photo from nchuntandfish.com, altered by WMTG)

A hunter killed this black bear near Biscoe, N.C., Nov. 15, 2014. (user-submitted photo from nchuntandfish.com, altered by WMTG)

The man, whose identity is being withheld, was said to have been deer hunting from a stand when he spotted the bear, reported to have been about 10 years old and weighing around 225 pounds.

The kill comes after a handful of bear sightings in the region over the past few years, and some say it is the first recorded killing of a bear in Montgomery County in more than a hundred years.

Over the weekend, the story was reported on WGHP-TV and in other media, but has since disappeared from some of those sites, reportedly because of a large number of negative comments about the kill.

There is a wide range of opinions on the presence of black bears in the Piedmont, though it is legal to hunt black bear in Montgomery County from Nov. 15 to Jan. 1 with a big game license and with the exception of cubs and female bears with cubs.

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