Two Bears Killed Opening Weekend in Nevada
Despite the petitions and lawsuits, bear season started this week in Nevada. This year marks the first bear season in Nevada. There is a quota of 20 black bears, which when met will close the season. This weekend 2 bears were taken, both were female. Out of the 20 quota only 6 can be female, so there are only 4 females left to be taken. It is expected there will be more hunter activity. This weekend game wardens saw 15 to 20 hunters out in the field.
One of the bears was shot in the Pine Nut Mountains which is south of Reno and the other was tracked with dogs in the Carson range area west of Reno. Most of Nevada's population of bears is found in the Carson range, but some are found in other mountain areas.
The season goes through December but the longevity of the season is based on the number of bears harvested. Hunting females with cubs is illegal, and hunters were told ignorance would not be an excuse. Hunters must be sure of what they are shooting. From MercuryNews.com.