CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A state judge in Carson City has rejected a lawsuit that aimed to block the first black bear hunt in Nevada.
District Judge James Wilson on Wednesday ruled that a group called NoBearHunt.org failed to meet its burden to show why the hunt should not take place.
Critics claimed the Nevada Wildlife Commission didn't give proper notice or adequately consider economic impacts or the need for the hunt before approving it in December.
The season is set to begin Aug. 20 and run through Dec. 31.
Regulations authorize 45 tags and allow up to 20 bears to be killed. Of those, no more than six can be females. The hunting season would close once those limits are reached.