FREDERICTON – The New Brunswick government is extending the black bear hunting season by two weeks and allowing hunters to get a second licence this fall after they have bagged a bear.
Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud says changes to regulations on the hunt take effect Sept. 1 and are being made because the province has a healthy and increasing black bear population.
The province estimates the black bear population at more than 16,500 animals.
The government says a second licence can be bought by provincial residents immediately after they register having bagged a black bear.
The second licence will be valid for the rest of the bear hunting season for that calendar year.
Non-residents can purchase a second licence depending on availability directly from an outfitter or guide with an allocation of non-resident licences or from the Natural Resources Department.
© The Canadian Press, 2014