Bear hunting is a hot-button issue since the Wildlife Board of Commissioners approved it two years ago. Tahoe area residents worry about hunters in the area, Native Americans are pushing the ban and have held protests calling the hunt of this sacred animal "offensive." But hunters say there are enough bears and the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners agreed. Teresa Moiola of the Department of Wildlife says the commission is coming under new scrutiny.
MOIOLA: "I just think people were not aware of this body, their existence or if they were, the specifics of how they went about setting these different regulations - again, seasons, quotas, species that should qualify as game species."
The Senate bill was first introduced two years ago, but the session ended before a vote. The bill calling the black bear a protected species to prevent hunting is scheduled to be heard on Thursday.