Okla. Senate passes bear hunting bill

Associated Press - February 18, 2009 8:24 PM ET

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Senate has voted to allow the creation of a bear hunting season in southeastern Oklahoma.

The vote was 37-7 for the bill by Sen. Kenneth Corn of Poteau.

Corn says it is estimated the bear population in the area has grown to 700 to 800 bears, increasing about 12% a year. He says many bears are coming from the Ouachita Mountains area of bordering Arkansas.

Corn says a limit of killing 20 bears a year is being contemplated to keep the Oklahoma population under control.

The bill now goes to the House, which has passed a similar measure.

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