New California law reduces number of bears hunted
SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — A new California law banning the use of dogs in bear hunting appears to have had a dramatic effect, with fewer bears killed by hunters in 2013 than in any other year during the past two decades.
Hunters killed 1,002 bears in California in 2013, a 48 percent decline from the number killed in 2012, according to the Sacramento Bee.
California has about 33,000 bears, which are both a symbol of the state’s rugged past and a nuisance and danger to people in more rural areas. As development pushes further out into the countryside, some worry that an increase in bear population will create a public safety problem....