Bill to prohibit bear hunts for 6 years killed by panel


A House committee killed a bill yesterday to prohibit bear hunting in Maryland for at least six more years.

Hunting for black bears has not been allowed in Maryland since 1953, but the Department of Natural Resources reports there are now about 400 bears in Maryland - about double the number since 1995.

Proponents of the moratorium said the number of bears is still too small, especially considering how slowly bears reproduce. But the department opposed the bill, saying it wants to keep their options for controlling the population over the next few years.

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