Iowa Bill Would Add Restrictions on Hunting and Trapping Black Bears

Iowa House File 175 would include black bears in the definition of “fur bearing animal” and only allow the hunting and trapping of black bears with a fur-harvester license. Any other persons who unlawfully “takes” black bears would be subject to s $2,500 fine and seizure of the animal. This bill is a successor bill to the previously introduced House File 89 which would have designated black bears as a game animal and allowed a hunting season. The bill has not yet been assigned to a committee.