Colorado DOW May Change Regulations After Record Bear Hunt
A couple weeks ago we posted an entry about Richard Kendall, the Craig Colorado hunter that took a potential new record 703 pound black bear. Mr. Kendall shot the bear while it was denned a fact that has drawn criticism and now, according to the Grand Junction Sentinel, the Colorado Division of Wildlife is considering regulation changes, presumably to prevent the shooting of a bear in a den.
Kendall’s actions, while a bit unusual, were legal, said Division of Wildlife spokesman Randy Hampton. “Currently, there are no regulations prohibiting someone from crawling into a den after a hibernating bear,” Hampton said. “This is the first instance we are aware of a bear being taken in this manner.” While Kendall’s actions were legal, “the idea of shooting a hibernating animal certainly raises some ethical issues,” Hampton said. Emphasizing there now are no regulations regarding hunting a denned animal, Hampton said division officials “are discussing” possible changes to the current rules.