Wildlife officials don't usually base hunting policies on how the public feels about an animal. But the black bear seems to be different. The revered king of the forest has bounced back from near-extinction to being a nuisance in some areas. Some states are trying to figure out if residents can live in peace with bears, or if they'd rather have hunters keep numbers in check.
Thousands of hunters and anglers will convene in Denver later this week for the annual International Sportsmen’s Expo. The event comes as many sportsmen’s groups are fighting expanded oil and gas development on western public lands.
A bill to expand the state’s bear hunting season ignited a passionate debate from agriculture producers and animal rights groups on Monday. Proponents say it’ll help curb the growing bear population, but opponents worry the measure could harm female bears and orphan cubs.