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Fewer B.C. black bears destroyed in August 2017 than same time last year

File photo. Fewer bears were destroyed this August 2017 compared to last year, which is a change in pace for this summer.
File photo. Fewer bears were destroyed this August 2017 compared to last year, which is a change in pace for this summer. RCMP

It’s been a summer that until recently saw more than double the number of black bears destroyed compared to last year, but last month was more lenient.

Sixty black bears were destroyed in August, according to the Ministry of Environment, 19 fewer than the same time last year.

It’s the first comparative drop in numbers since April.

READ MORE: Nearly four times as many black bears were killed last July compared to 2016

May remains to be the deadliest month this year for B.C. black bears when 119 were destroyed, a 120 per cent spike over last year.

Fewer were killed in June and July, however the count was still twice as high as 2016.

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