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Black bear season extended in New Brunswick, second licence also available

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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 fall firearms bear hunting season runs from Sept. 1 until the first Saturday in November.

The province says the last full week of September will be restricted to bow and crossbow hunting, which coincides with the new five day moose hunting season.

The province says the black bear season contributes between $4 million and $5 million annually to the provincial economy.

It estimates 10 to 15 per cent of hunters are willing to buy a second licence.

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