The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has voted to set aside a week each year for shooting a limited number of bears that dogs have chased up trees or cornered on the ground. Commissioners had scrapped that proposal two weeks ago after the Humane Society of the United States criticized the practice as cruel and unsporting. But they unanimously reversed themselves on Monday to set aside four weeks for hunters to chase bears with dogs and one week to allow them shoot some of those bears. __
The hunting will be restricted to a 45,000-acre tract in Harlan County, a 43,000-acre tract in Bell County and a 20,000-acre tract in Letcher County. Kentucky becomes 1 of fewer than 20 states that allow hunters to chase bears with dogs.