New Mexico Approves Bear Hunt Limits

New Mexico Game Commission, Bear Hunting Magazine

The New Mexico Game Commission has decided to allow more bears to be hunted next year. They voted to approve the hunting rules after making some changes during a meeting in Mescalero, NM.

The rules had been the subject of more than a dozen contentious public meetings attended by sportsmen, landowners and conservationists. The proposals also resulted in thousands of letters and e-mails to the commission and the state Game and Fish Department.

The higher hunting limits will address depredation and safety issues in many areas, while still leaving New Mexico with sustainable populations, department officials said. The department approved raising the bear limit from 406 to 680.

Conservationists stated that the kill limits have the potential to harm bear populations. The state has said there are between 5,300 and 6,500 black bears. Officials with the Game and Fish Department said they have had to trap and kill more bears this year than any year since 2002.

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