The heaviest dressed-weight bear reported to DEC in 2016 was 555 pounds.
State conservation officials say bear hunters in New York state killed 1,539 black bears during the 2016 hunting seasons.
The Department of Environmental Conservation reports that hunters took a total of 1,025 black bears in the Southern Zone. That's about 10 percent less than in 2015, but slightly more than the five-year average.
In the Northern Zone, 514 bears were killed, approximately 12 percent fewer than in 2015 but on par with the historical average.
The heaviest dressed-weight bear reported to DEC in 2016 was 555 pounds, taken in the Franklin County town of Brandon.
(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)