WVa Warns Tethering Law Is Boon For Bears

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A Kanawha County ordinance requiring that owners bring their dogs inside during cold weather has drawn criticism from state wildlife officials.

Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro says the new ordinance, which prohibits tethering dogs outside if temperatures dip below 40 degrees or above 85 degrees, could hurt efforts to control the bear and coyote populations.

Jezioro says there are growing populations of both kinds of animal in Kanawha County, and hunters from other counties are needed to keep those numbers down.

He says visiting hunters staying at hotels in cold weather can't be expected to bring their dogs inside.

Kanawha County had 76 complaints about bears last year, more than any other county.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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