Lynchburg, VA - Virginia is revising its management plan for black bears in response to a growing population across the state.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says hunters killed about 1,000 black bears annually a decade ago. That number has more than doubled since then.
Game and Inland Fisheries says hunters are the primary tool for keeping the bear population in check.
Bears occasionally wander into residential areas looking for food, but biologists say they don't pose an immediate threat to humans.