RENO, Nev. (AP) - Now that Nevada's inaugural black bear hunt is over, state wildlife officials are proposing a shorter hunting season this year and excluding the Tahoe Basin from hunting.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the proposal will be considered next month in Las Vegas when the Nevada Wildlife Commission reviews hunting season regulations proposed for bears and all other big-game animals.
One change would prohibit bear hunting west of the Tahoe Rim Trail, effectively barring all hunting within the Tahoe Basin.
Officials are also proposing a short season to begin Sept. 15 instead of Aug. 20.
Critics of the bear hunt call the changes positive but say they remain opposed to any bear hunting in Nevada.
Nine males and five female bears were killed last year.