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Mar 16, 2010 3:45 PM by Courtney Meznarich

SLO County supervisors take a stand against bear hunting

The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors agreed to send a letter to the state Department of Fish and Game today, asking that bear hunting not be expanded into the county.

The Department of Fish and Game tried passing a similar ordinance in April of 2009, but withdrew their request after public outcry. The deparment is expected to vote on the expansion of bear hunting on April 21.

Animal rights activists are opposed to the idea of bear hunting in San Luis Obispo County for ethical reasons. However, county supervisor Frank Mecham said that today's resolution has nothing to do with ethics. The board agreed that the state should have held a meeting in the county before even considering expanding bear hunting, and they say that is why they will be sending a letter to Fish and Game.

The Department of Fish and Game says the bear population has nearly quadrupled since the 1980's, and the current cap allowing hunters to kill 1,700 bears per season is not enough to control the population. Spokesperson Harry Morse says 30 years ago, there were no black bears in San Luis Obispo County. Now, around 10 to 20% of all the black bears in California reside here on the Central Coast.

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