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Proposal would allow Kentuckians to kill bears that come too close to their homes

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - An eastern Kentucky lawmaker is proposing
legislation that would allow people to shoot dangerous bears
without fear of prosecution if they come within 30 yards of homes.
Democratic state Rep. Rick Nelson of Middlesboro said he plans
to push the proposal when lawmakers convene next month to ensure
that no one is prosecuted for protecting their families from
trespassing black bears.
Wildlife agencies across country have been reporting a rising
number of run-ins with bears as their populations grow. Some of the
animals have become brazen, raiding backyard bird feeders, pet food
bowls and garbage cans with the same abandon as their smaller
cousins, raccoons.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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