Nevada's bear hunting season underway

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Updated: 9/16/2013 5:56 pm

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's bear hunting season began Sunday, and state wildlife commissioners say they'll conduct a thorough review of the controversial practice after it ends Dec. 31.

Commissioners set a quota of 20 black bears that can be killed during the season and 45 tags that can be issued to hunters.

Wildlife commission Chairman Jack Robb told the Reno Gazette-Journal that the board will review bear hunting regulations "top to bottom" after the season concludes.

He says he supports a new rule requiring hunters to use the meat of bears killed.

Kathryn Bricker of the organization NoBearHuntNV says one bear killed by hunters is too many and the bear hunt should be stopped for good when commissioners conduct their review of it.

Commissioners approved the state's first bear hunt in 2010. Fourteen bears were killed in 2011 and 11 bears were killed in 2012.

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