NDOW begins review of black bear hunting season

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Updated: 1/17 12:23 pm
RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Emotions in support and opposition of black bear hunting were running high at the Nevada Department of Wildlife's committee meeting on Friday.

Black bear hunting has been legal now for three years, and Senate Bill 82 requires board of wildlife commissioners to compile a "three-year comprehensive review" of the hunting season.

The report will look at all the ways bears have died in the past three years. According to a NDOW report, 39 bears have been killed in sport hunting, compared to 24 killed by cars during the same time frame. The report also looks at harvest analysis, number and average age of all bears, where the hunts occurred, expenditures and research.

The topic of black bear hunting always draws a big crowd to these meetings, with several people speaking in favor and opposition of it.

On Friday, several people who spoke out against it said NDOW is already looking forward to the 2014 hunting season, without considering the results of the three-year comprehensive review.

Nevada's Department of Wildlife Public Information Officer Chris Healy says the hunting season for all big game will be decided later this month, and quota will be decided in May.

The full report isn't expected until later this spring.

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