Nevada's inaugural bear hunt ends with 14 bears killed

Nevada's inaugural bear hunting season has drawn to a close with hunters killing 14 black bears.

Nine male and five female bears were killed by hunters between Aug. 20 and Saturday, when the season ended, said Nevada Department of Wildlife spokesman Chris Healy.

Under regulations established by state wildlife commissioners, the season would have closed earlier had a sixth female been killed or a total of 20 bears been killed before then. Healy said the number of bears killed was higher than wildlife officials expected as 14 of 41 hunters who picked up tags were able to bag bears.

"That's a success rate of about 33 percent," he said. "Because we allowed the use of dogs but no bait, we thought that maybe from six to 10 bears would be taken."