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New bear hunting laws for 2014-15

The new rules state that hunters can use unprocessed foods to attract bears to private lands, The new rules state that hunters can use unprocessed foods to attract bears to private lands,

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission voted Thursday to approve new bear hunting laws.

The new rules state that hunters can use unprocessed foods to attract bears to private lands, and that a new bear hunting season will be created in the Piedmont region. Regulations prevent the bears from being shot while they are eating.

The Wildlife Commission said the new laws were established to help maintain a healthy black bear population in North Carolina.

In past seasons, bear hunters could release hounds at or near sites containing unprocessed food products, but still hunters were prohibited from taking a bear in an area containing bait.

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