Rejoice! Bear-huntin’ season has returned to Kentucky! But with every bit of joyous news there’s always a grey cloud: “The purchase of a $30 black bear permit will be available only to Kentucky residents.” BOGUS. If we don’t publish any strips for a few months, it means we’ve packed up shop and moved to Louisville, where a man can throw knives at black bears and gnaw on their sinewy flesh to his heart’s content. More bad news: “‘The 2009 hunt quota is a conservative one of 10 bears, or 5 females, whichever limit is reached first,’ said [some guy quoted in the article named] Dobey. ‘The 2-day season will occur on the third weekend in December…’” Wait, the season is only two days long? And only 10 bears, or five females, can be knifed to death? DOUBLE BOGUS. Thanks for ruining 2009 for me, Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.