KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Wildlife officials are predicting another record bear hunt in Tennessee.
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency reports that 187 bears have been taken already and the 2009 season is less than two weeks old.
That's nearly twice as many as this time a year ago -- and 2008 was a record-setting season for Tennessee with 446 bears hunted.
All of the activity is confined to a handful of counties in the mountains of eastern Tennessee.
The number of bears killed by county so far are: Blount, 28; Carter, 22; Cocke, 11; Greene, 7; Johnson, 13; Monroe, 29; Polk, 14; Sevier, 37; Sullivan, 12; Unicoi, 9, and Washington, 5.
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