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.