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Black bear hunting season opens Sept. 6

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MADISON - The 2006 Wisconsin black bear hunting season opens Sept. 6 with 4,370 successful applicants heading to the woods with a harvest permit in their pocket.

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More than 73,000 applied for the closely regulated hunt, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Hunters registered 2,645 bears in 2005. Wildlife managers estimate the 2006 Wisconsin black bear population at approximately 13,000, slightly up from last season's estimate say DNR officials.

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