Wildlife commission expands bear hunting season

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission
has voted to set aside a week each year for shooting a limited
number of bears that dogs have chased up trees or cornered on the

Commissioners had scrapped that proposal two weeks ago after the
Humane Society of the United States criticized the practice as
cruel and unsporting. But they unanimously reversed themselves on
Monday to set aside four weeks for hunters to chase bears with dogs
and one week to allow them shoot some of those bears.

The hunting will be restricted to a 45,000-acre tract in Harlan
County, a 43,000-acre tract in Bell County and a 20,000-acre tract
in Letcher County.

Kentucky becomes one of fewer than 20 states that allow hunters
to chase bears with dogs.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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