Bulgaria To Allow Bear HuntingBulgaria News, Bear Hunting Magazine
Bulgaria's parliament approved changes to their hunting laws this week to allow the hunting of brown bears in their country. As a previously protected species, the hunting of brown bears was banned except in the case of accidents and with special permits. The approved changes to the law will now require the environment and agriculture ministries to set each year by end-January an annual quota for hunting the animals.
Between three and eight percent of the bear population will be allowed to be hunted under the new laws with the quotas probably be based on a tally of 800 bears. Before this weeks decision environmentalists slammed parliament as catering to hunting lobbies. The killing of a man by a brown bear this summer and a number of attacks on flocks and beehives raised tensions in Bulgaria's southern Rhodope mountains, sparking the debate for a hunt.