NCW — Bear hunting regulations in Eastern Washington have been changed to allow a two-bear limit.

The state Fish and Wildlife Commission voted 6-to-1 to allow the change, according to a state Department of Fish and Wildlife news release.

The previous rules allowed a two-bear harvest statewide, but only one bear could be from the east side of Washington, according to the news release. The agency’s staff recommended the change to simplify the regulations and make them consistent statewide.

The commission also voted to start the bear hunting season Aug. 1, according to the news release. This will extend the hunting season in six areas across the state.

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