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Nevada Committee To Review Hunting Season For Black Bears

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Ninety-five percent of the nearly 500 complaints the department received were about bears in garbage. Seventy percent of those were in Washoe County.

The report also finds that bears caused about $24,000 dollars in property damage and notes that the drought conditions could lead to even more human-bear conflicts next year, as bears may not have as much to eat.

The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners Bear Committee will meet Friday morning to talk about the report and consider possible changes to the controversial hunting season for black bears in the state.

The report shows demand for bear hunting tags has nearly doubled since the hunt began three years ago. Only 45 tags are available and only 20 bears can be taken each year. But applications for tags increased from about 1,100 in 2011 to more than 2,000 last year. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

0117_bear Report Graph

 Statewide human-bear conflicts by 5-year block (1500+ complaints in 2007 withdrawn)

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