Lawmakers seek changes to Colorado bear-hunting season

DENVER - The season for hunting bears in Colorado may change under a bill being considered by lawmakers. The sponsor is worried about the animals' increasing population and interactions with humans.

A bill up for a House committee vote Monday would shorten bear-hunting season by three months. But hunting dates would be focused on summer and fall months. The legislation would also make it legal to use liquid scent as bait.

The bill sponsor is Republican Rep. Yeulin Willett. He says the use of scent will help hunters get close enough to bears to make sure they're not killing mothers. He also says allowing bear hunting during August, September, and October would be more productive for controlling the bear population.

The current bear-hunting season runs from Sept. 2 through February.

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