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Aug 21, 2011 4:39 PM by Matt Stafford

Expanded bear hunt off table for now in CO

DENVER (AP) - An expanded bear hunting season in Colorado is off the table next year, according to a lawmaker who proposed the idea unsuccessfully this year.

Republican Rep. J. Paul Brown of Ignacio told the Durango Herald that he will not try next session to partially overturn a voter-approved law that limits bear hunting to after Sept. 1.

Brown said he intends to wait a year to see some results from a population study the state Division of Parks and Wildlife is conducting in southwest Colorado.

Brown said he suggested changing the hunt because of an increase in human-bear conflicts. There were two separate bear attacks in the Aspen area on Friday and Saturday, one that left a camper in the hospital.

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