Connecticut hunters may soon be able able to hunt black bears for the first time since 1840 if a bill currently under consideration becomes law.

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The General Assembly may allow bear hunting in Connecticut for the first time since 1840, and lawmakers are taking a new look at allowing deer hunting on Sundays. The proposed Black bear hunt would be limited to certain areas of the state and hunters would pay a fee to participate in a lottery for licenses. A study under way on the number of bear in the state would have to support thinning the population. The bill allows the state to authorize hunting after February 2014, if the population study warrants it.

According to the story, Connecticut’s bear population is at 500 and rising fast, with bear-related sightings and complaints a now-common occurrence.