Bear Hunt Permanent, Legislative Panel Votes

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Black bears will remain in the
crosshairs of Nevada hunters after the Legislative Commission
agreed to make regulations authorizing the hunt permanent.

The panel meeting Wednesday in Carson City approved regulations
adopted by the state wildlife commission on an 11-1 vote, with
Democratic Sen. Sheila Leslie of Reno casting the lone vote in

Critics argue hunting in the Tahoe Basin, where most of Nevada's
bears are located, is a safety hazard. They also dispute the
findings of state wildlife biologists that Nevada's bear
population, estimated between 250 and 300, can withstand an annual
hunting season.

Wildlife commissioners this year set a limit of 20 bears that
can be killed. Only six can be female. The hunt, which runs through
Dec. 31, will close earlier if those thresholds are met.