Nevada has a black bear population that is growing by about 16% annually. Wildlife biologists believe that the current population can support a limited annual hunt. Black bear hunting was discussed at a meeting on Saturday, and a vote also supported the hunting season. State wildlife commissioners voted unanimously to conduct an annual bear hunt.
The meeting was attended by supporters and opponents of the black bear hunt. Both sides had about even representation. “The duty of the wildlife commission is to preserve, protect manage and restore wildlife populations,” Commission Chairman Mike McBeath said. “Hunting is a valuable tool in the management of game animals.” The number allowed can always go up and down as needed.
This year was Nevada's first black bear hunt. The season started August 20th and goes through December 31st, allowing 20 bears to be harvested. So far this year eight have been harvested. From The Tahoe Daily Tribune .