Wildlife officials propose hunting bears with dogs
Posted: Friday, February 10, 2012 3:00 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Dogs could be used to chase black bears in Kentucky under a new proposal that’s being heralded by hunters and assailed by animal rights activists.
The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission could vote as early as next month to establish a roughly six-week season beginning in August for hunters to chase bears but not kill them, and another limited season in December in which hunters could shoot the bears that their dogs bay.
The Kentucky Hounds-men Association said the proposal will not only provide hunters with more opportunities but will also instill a fear of people in some of the more brazen bruins that have moved into the state’s mountain region.
The Humane Society criticizes chasing bears with hounds as inhumane, and a bad idea considering the population is estimated at less than 500 animals.
More than a century ago, bears thrived in Kentucky’s mountain region, but over-hunting and habitat loss led to their disappearance. Over the past 20 years, they have been venturing back into Kentucky from other states. Published in The Messenger 2.10.12