Environmental news from California and beyond

« Previous | Greenspace Home | Next »

Bear hunting may be expanded in California

Bear The Department of Fish and Game says the black-bear population is flourishing in California and has proposed expanding bear hunting. Although that's good news to the perhaps 1% of the population that hunts bear, a good portion of the other 99% are upset with the proposal. California managed to eradicate the grizzly bear, they remind. Carla Hall reports:

On Wednesday the commissioners will vote on whether to allow bear hunting in San Luis Obispo County and to increase the hunting area in Lassen and Modoc counties. They'll also decide whether to eliminate a cap on bear kills per season and allow bear hunters to put collars with GPS tracking devices on their hounds.

Black bears long have thrived from Northern California down to Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties, according to Doug Updike, the department's game program manager and a wildlife ecologist. In the last few decades, he said, Fish and Game biologists have seen more bears in San Luis Obispo, Modoc and Lassen counties. The number of bears statewide, meanwhile, has "increased from under 10,000 in the early '80s to nearly 40,000 now," he said.

"They get hit by cars, we get reports by property owners that they broke into their houses, we get pictures, we know what bear prints look like," he said.

About 70 environmental, animal welfare and community groups are opposing the measure.

-- Geoff Mohan

Comments () | Archives (1)

The comments to this entry are closed.

Why would they do this? We already made the Grizzly Bear extinct in our state, and black bears are endangered. It just makes no sense.


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


Recent News
Invitation to connect on LinkedIn |  December 12, 2013, 9:58 am »
New Cook Islands Shark Sanctuary proposed |  December 8, 2011, 8:00 am »