Bear hunters in New Brunswick will have an extra two weeks added to this fall's firearms season in order to assist in controlling nuisance bears from a growing population.

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The Provincial Government made the changes to the Fish and Wildlife Act and believe the changes will be good for the industry, which adds up $5 million a year to the economy.

The government says an estimated 10 to 15 percent of hunters who have harvested a bear say they are willing to buy a second license.

In the case of non-residents, the purchase of a second license will depend on availability from an outfitter or guide or from the Department of Natural Resources.

This year's New Brunswick bear hunting season will run from September 1st to November 1st, but the last week in September will be restricted to bow and crossbow hunting. That will coincide with the annual moose hunt.