Biologists expect busy bait sites as Maine bear hunting season begins

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Matthew Cornman (left) looks over the bear he shot with Eagle Mountain Guide Service’s Matt Whitegiver in the woods of Township 24 in this 2016 file photo.
By John Holyoke, BDN Staff • 

Maine hunters heading into the woods today on the opening day of bear season will be battling warm temperatures, but that shouldn’t hamper their efforts to harvest an animal, according to a wildlife biologist who has been studying the animals for more than 30 years.

“I don’t think the heat will cause problems for first-week bear hunters,” said Randy Cross, the state’s bear crew leader for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “Excessive wind would be a bigger problem, especially combined with heavy rain such as what we sometimes get this time of year on the tail end of a hurricane.”

Temperatures in Bangor are expected to creep into…

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