A decades-long effort has again surfaced to ban the use of dogs while hunting bears and bobcats in California.
In the 1990s, two attempts to end the practice failed to advance out of the committee stage in the Legislature. This time, despite a spirited protest Tuesday by hundreds of hunters, Senate Bill 1221 cleared the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on a 5-3 vote.
One of those voting in favor was state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills. The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee.