The state Fish and Game Commission voted unanimously Wednesday not to expand bear hunting grounds in California or eliminate the cap on the number of bears that can be killed each season.
The commission decided not to make changes to existing regulations after the Department of Fish and Game, which initially urged the changes, reversed its position Tuesday afternoon because it had been deluged with public comments. Officials said they had not had time to respond to them all. By law, all comments must be answered before changes are made.
The department 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.
Wednesday's decision may not stand, however. The commissioners will revisit the issue in the next few months and could vote again by the end of summer.