Protect California Black Bears from Trophy Hunting

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Originally Posted: 3 March 2010

Protect California Black Bears from Trophy Hunting

FROM Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)

The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has now proposed radical changes to bear hunting regulations that would allow even more bear killing.

Letters of opposition are needed by March 13, 2010. DFG needs to hear from you that you find this proposal unnecessary, inhumane and reckless. California's bears are depending on you!

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INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Approximately 2,000 black bears are killed every year in California where it remains legal to hunt bears who weigh over 50 pounds (including cubs) with packs of dogs. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) has now proposed radical changes to bear hunting regulations that would allow even more bear killing. We need your help to stop this proposal.

If approved, the Department’s proposal will:

  • allow an unlimited number of bears to be killed across California during the hunting season
  • permit the use of high-tech global positioning equipment and “tip switches” on dog collars to make it easy to locate and kill a bear at point-blank range
  • open the first-ever bear hunting season in San Luis Obispo county and expand the hunts in Modoc and Lassen counties
  • significantly expand the hound training season thereby allowing dogs to harass bears nearly all year long.

The DFG has not demonstrated any need for these regulatory changes other than to allow for greater recreational opportunities for hunters. The DFG proposal makes no mention what detrimental effects these changes would have on bear populations and habitat nor does the proposal suggest that these changes are designed to reduce bear/human conflicts.

This proposal will be heard and decided shortly and we need your help to stop it.

Letters of opposition are needed by March 13, 2010. DFG needs to hear from you that you find this proposal unnecessary, inhumane and reckless. California's bears are depending on you! Please send a letter through Animal Legal Defense Fund's website today!


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