Rep. J. Paul Brown of Ignacio is sponsoring a bill that would overturn Colorado's long standing ban on spring bear hunting. With increasing black bear counts and increasing human-bear conflicts, Mr. Brown wants the Colorado DOW to have the ability to set up and manage a spring bear hunt if needed. The Denver Post  has a write up and reactions to the possible spring bear hunt.
The DOW said that the last estimate of the state's bear population place the number of bears between 8,000 and 12,000, and that DOW officials believe today's number to be on the high end of that range. That estimate is 15 years old, and the DOW admitted it was not necessarily accurate.