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Bear hunters join hikers, campers, berry pickers in mountains

A black bear grazes along the Alaskan Highway in British Columbia. The sow was so intent on eating the dandelions, it took her while to notice a group of tourists had gathered with cameras.
A black bear grazes along the Alaskan Highway in British Columbia. The sow was so intent on eating the dandelions, it took her while to notice a group of tourists had gathered with cameras. "She had two cubs in a tree nearby," said Debbie Pierce of Spokane. "Once she realized we were there, she and the cubs took off in a dash." (Bill Pierce)

HUNTING — Black bear hunting seasons opened Aug. 1 in portions of Washington, including areas in the North Cascades as well is areas in Lincoln County.

More bear hunting areas will open Aug. 15, including the area from Spokane north through Mount Spokane.

Although hunting-related accidents with othe recreationists are extremely rare, black or brown are not the best colors to wear while hiking or huckleberry picking during bear seasons.

The black bear season that mixes hunters with the most hikers, campers and berry pickers opens Sept. 1 in most of the areas of northeasthern Washington's Ferry, Stevens and Pend Oreille counties.

  • North Idaho's black bear hunting seasons open Aug. 30.



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