California's Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously today to not expand the bear hunting grounds or to eliminate the cap on the number of bears that could be killed each season. The Department of Fish and Game had proposed allowing bear hunting for the first time in San Luis Obispo County and expanding it in Lassen and Modoc counties. Officials had also recommended getting rid of the annual cap of 1,700 bears killed — reaching that cap automatically ends the season — and letting the season continue until its official close in late December.
However, because the department was inundated with public comments, they voted against the changes. By California law, all comments must be addressed before changes can be made. So the commissioners will continue to answer the questions of the public and look for data to support both sides of the argument. Another vote may come at the end of summer.
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