Nevada Pushes Forward With First Black Bear Hunt

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It appears that despite some resistance, Nevada's first black bear hunt will be moving forward this fall. As planned, the hunt will have 45 tags total and no more than 20 bears can be taken with no more than 6 females. The Las Vegas Sun has a write up on the planned hunt.

Roughly 300 black bears are in Nevada, mostly along the foothills of Lake Tahoe, said state Department of Wildlife spokesman Doug Nielsen. The population grows by about 16 percent each year. The bears can be problematic for residents in northwestern Nevada, so a hunting season is a good way to control nuisances, Nielsen said. "Bears are very adept at coming into homes," he said.


hunter25's picture

Wow I had no idea that Nevada

Wow I had no idea that Nevada had never had a bear hunt before or that there were so few of them in the state. Proper management of wildlife is something that the general population has any desire to understand. As long as it's not them personally being affected by the problem they just don't care what happens to anybody else.

Hopefully this hunt goes as planned and some positive results will help people to wake up to reality.

Ca_Vermonster's picture

I wonder how many people will

I wonder how many people will put in for those 40+ tags.

Talk about long odds!!

numbnutz's picture

It's good to hear this hunt

It's good to hear this hunt is goning on as planned. There was an article a couple weeks ago about how this hunt might not happen due to the resistance. Up here ther was and is a group trying to put a halt to bear hunting in Oregon due to a lack of a management plan drafted by the ODFW. It seem though that talk  has settled down. Now that same group is trying  to put restrictions on yote hunting. What a bunch of whacko's. I read somewhere that since 1994 when the law passed that we couldnt use dogs or bait for bears and cougars the harvest % has been cut in half, and our deer and elk herds are shrinking at a fast pace. We need a way to control predators before the herds are gone.

jaybe's picture

I firmly believe that many of

I firmly believe that many of our predators will continue to be viewed by many as "cute and cuddly" until some serious threat or harm is actually done to humans. People are so used to watching the TV documetaries where they take a lot of footage of animals in the natural setting (very well done, by the way) and then cut and splice it to fit a story that someone has come up with. They play heavily on the emotions that the animals have supposedly felt during the loss of a cub or kitten for example, and then the slow demise of a once-regal animal to his or her final resting place - with vultures sitting in nearby trees, of course.

What they don't see is the reality of what life is truly like for both predator and prey in the wild. And so they are protected to the point that they become more important than the ranchers who are losing livestock, the families who are losing their house pet, or (God forbid) the child who is attacked in his own back yard and maimed or killed by a cute, cuddly black bear.

Good for Nevada for pushing to get this hunt started in an effort to control these predators.