Sixteen black bears have been killed by Nevada hunters thus far this season for the highest total since the hunt started four years ago.
Two male bears were killed Saturday in the Pine Nut Mountains, surpassing the previous season highs for the number of bears killed of 14 last year and in 2011, the first year of Nevada’s bear hunt. Eleven bears were killed by hunters in 2012.
Of the 16 bears killed so far this season, 10 were males and six were females, according to the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Twelve bears were taken in the Pine Nuts, two in the Carson Range and one each in Washoe Valley and the Pine Groves.
Since the hunt began in 2011, a total of 55 bears have been killed by hunters. A maximum of 20 bears can be taken during the season, which ends Dec. 31 unless that total is reached before then.
In California, 1,103 black bears had been killed by hunters as of Nov. 14.