For once "activist judges" have ruled in favor of the sportsman. A Maryland Circuit Court judge told his audience, which included many animal rights activists, that the state's black bear would go ahead as scheduled. The Maryland DNR is concerned about two swelling populations, the bears and humans. In 1956 the state was the home for an estimated 12 bears. Less than 50 years later the state has around 500. The DNR instituted the hunt because two studies indicated that their past management plans weren't having the desired effect.