Changes Proposed to Black Bear Hunt

The Division of Natural Resources is proposing changes to West Virginia's black bear hunt that would expand the season in more than a dozen counties where hunting bears with firearms is currently restricted to December. The agency is proposing allowing hunters to hunt bears with firearms during the 12-day firearm season for deer in late-November. But the number of permits would be limited to prevent hunters from killing too many bears. Kanawha County is not on the list of affected counties, but Nicholas, Randolph, and Clay counties are, among others. The Charleston Gazette reports that DNR biologists presented the proposed regulation changes to the state Natural Resources Commission on Sunday. The commission is expected to vote on the proposed changes in April.n