Nevada Senate takes up anti-bear hunt bill
Just two years removed from the first legal black bear hunt in Nevada, lawmakers are considering a bill to prohibit the hunting of black bears in Nevada. Video by ktnv.comvideo
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) -- Just two years removed from the first legal black bear hunt in Nevada, lawmakers are considering a bill to prohibit the hunting of black bears in Nevada.
Supporters and opponents of SB82 on Thursday urged senators on the Natural Resources Committee on Thursday to consider their cases.
SB82 identifies the black bear as a protected mammal and bars the state Wildlife Commission from authorizing hunts of the animal.
Some of the most vocal supporters of SB82 were Native Americans who ascribe spiritual significance to the bear and consider hunting bears as an insult to their heritage. Other opponents say there is no need for a hunt.
Supporters of the hunts argue they should have the right to hunt bears because hunting will not cripple the animals' population.