Hikers Worried About Bear Hunt
Nevada's first black bear hunt will be held August 20 - November 31st. 45 licenses were issued, but only 20 bears will be harvested. Of those 20 only 6 can be female. Hunters can use dogs to track the bears, but no baiting is allowed. There is concern that with these dogs and hunters that more than bears will be shot. There is a lot of concern for the Lake Tahoe area, which is a high traffic recreational area.
NoBearHuntNV.org filed a lawsuit in Carson City District Court last week to try to block the bear hunting season. In the lawsuit they state the wildlife commissioners did not give proper public notice, nor did they look at the affects on the local economy, loss of income from other recreational avenues.
Nevada Division of Wildlife is planning a mandatory indoctrination for all bear hunters, they will receive education before the season. All rules will be discussed, maps where hunting is allowed, as well as areas where firearms are not allowed at all regardless of the season. Washoe County sheriff department is expressing their support by offering back up during the season if needed in congested areas, but don't expect much need. "Typically, if sportsmen are in the draw for a certain area they generally are aware of the congested areas and avoid them," Assistant Sheriff Marshall Emerson said. "They are going out there to enjoy the outdoors and they don't want any run-ins with game wardens or anybody else." From San Jose Mercury News.