Seventy-four percent of Californians oppose an expansion of black bear hunting, according to a statewide poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, Inc. The poll was taken in response to the California Fish and Game Commission’s decision to vote on increasing the annual hunting quota for black bears; the current quota is set at 1,700 bears per year, but could be raised to 2,000. The poll also found that 83 percent of voters oppose the hunting of bears using packs of dogs to chase and kill them; California is one of 18 states that allow the practice.
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