The Oklahoma Wildlife Commission has given the green light for black bear hunting and elk hunting in four southeastern Oklahoma counties.
Officials have said the black bear population is on the rise, estimated between 700-800 black bears in the state. The interaction with humans has been increased tremendously.
They also have said that the bears have actually killed livestock in the state and worried about the bears being a nuisance to campers and hunters in rural areas.
The hunting season would begin on October 1st and go through the beginning of muzzleloader deer season on the fourth Saturday in October.
Both bow and muzzleloader would be allowed, licenses would be $100 for residents and $500 for nonresidents, only 20 bears would be allowed each season.