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.
Iowa Bill Would Add Restrictions on Hunting and Trapping Black Bears
Excerpt from Animal Law Digest: US Edition: Issue 176