Apr 17, 2011 12:48 PM by AP posted By James H Egbert

Lawmakers consider flexible Colo. bear hunt

DENVER (AP) - Colorado lawmakers worried about the growing bear population in the state are talking about giving wildlife officials more say over when the animals can be hunted.

A proposal set for its first hearing Monday would repeal a 1992 voter-approved initiative that prohibits hunting bears from March 1 to Sept. 1 and give the state Division of Wildlife authority to expand hunting dates. Voters approved the initiative amid concern that female bears were being hunted in the spring, when they are taking care of their cubs.

Bill sponsor Rep. J. Paul Brown says he's not advocating for a spring bear hunt and that his goal is to give the Division of Wildlife the flexibility to set hunting dates as it sees fit to manage the bear population.

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