In 2013, they made it illegal to hunt bears with hound dogs of any breed in California. California has a population of about 33,000 black bears and that number will be rising without the help of dogs while hunting them. In 2012, there were 1,962 black bears killed in California and in 2013 there were about 1,000 killed and that is a big difference. Since the ban there has been about a 40% decrease in bears killed and more and more bears have been spotted in neighborhoods.
The Los Angeles Times has an article talking about the ban on bear hunting with dogs and a California Department of Fish and Wildlife spokesman said they are an average of about 24,000 bear tags sold every year and in 2013 they only sold 18,904 tags. California made this ban because they thought the bear population might get really low and they didn't want them to get wiped out, but now there are too many bears and I think the ban should be removed because a lot of people that hunted with dogs still use dogs because if you have a bunch a hunting dogs and all of a sudden you can't hunt with them anymore you are left with a bunch of useless dogs.
Now I've never hunted bears before but I know if I ever see one on my ranch i'm probably going to shoot it to protect our cows. People use dogs to track deer if they wound one because dogs are good a tracking and it's what they were made to do and everyone needs to realize they can ban hound hunting but they can't get rid of it. Bears are going to continue to show up in populated areas if they are not being hunted more and people are going to get attacked and killed by aggressive black bears.