August 12, 2014 3:15 pm

Black bear season extended in New Brunswick, 2nd licence also available

A black bear roams the forest near Timmins, Ont., on May 27, 2012.

Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press

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

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