TAKE ACTION AGAINST HUNTING NEWSLETTER - 7 May 2003 Issue
Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting
Compiled by Joe Miele
in Oregon approved a bill that would allow the
use of dogs to hunt cougars. The bill goes next
to the Senate, but Governor Ted Kulongoski has
indicated that he will veto it. "He's been pretty clear all along that he
was not interested in overturning the will of the people," said natural
resources adviser Jim Myron.
House Bill 2436
is the latest of dozens of attempts to repeal
the 1994 voter initiative, which was upheld again in 1996, that banned
using bait to attract or kill black bears and banned using dogs to hunt or
pursue black bears or cougars.
Opponents of HB
2436 slammed the bill as a concession to trophy hunters who
would kill only
the “finest specimens.” Representative Carolyn Tomei said the chances of
a person getting attacked by a cougar were minute - about 1 in 25 million.
were eliminated from the state in the early 1960s. There have been no
human deaths caused by cougars. Oregon law allows hunting of cougars but
not with dogs.
Statesman Journal (Salem, OR) 4/24/03
residents should contact their state senator and ask that s/he vote
against Senate Bill 832.
information for your state senator can be found at:
contact Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski and ask that he veto the bill if it
is passed by the senate.
In 1994 Oregon
voters banned the practice of hunting bears and cougars with dogs. That
law was upheld by voters in 1996. The public has spoken out strongly
against these hunts and the will of the people should not be ignored.
cougar hunting in the 1950s brought the animals to the verge of extinction
and hunting was outlawed in the early 1960s.
hunting, hunting cougars with dogs is cruel and inhumane.
continue to be trapped and killed through federal wildlife programs aimed
at protecting Oregon tree farms. Stan Thomas, head of the Roseburg
Wildlife Services office, and three local federal trappers will continue
killing bears who peel bark from fir, spruce, hemlock and pine trees.
Trapping normally takes place from April through June when bears sometimes
feed on trees after lean winter months.
Documentation published by Wildlife Services indicates 1,031 black bears
were killed in Oregon from 1996 through 2001. Most of those bears --
about 714 -- were killed to protect industrial tree plantations. Snares,
cages, traps, hunting and tracking with assistance from dogs were all used
to locate and kill the bears.
trapping to control timber damage began in the 1970s.
Wildlife Services at:
U.S. Fish and
Ask that they
discontinue the bear killing program in favor of an effective, non-lethal
to the editor of Oregon's largest newspapers and let them know that bears
are being killed to protect tree farming special interest groups.
Letters to the
Letters to the
P.O. Box 13009
200 words or
fewer. Include your first and last name, street and mailing addresses,
town, and day and evening telephone numbers.
Register-Guard – Mailbag
P.O. Box 10188
There are many
effective methods of bear deterrence being employed across the country.
Bears can be effectively taught to avoid certain areas by using aversive
conditioning. They can be shot with rubber bullets, harassed with pepper
spray and kept out of areas with electric fencing. All these methods of
bear deterrents are non-lethal.
problem bears in no way educates others to avoid the tree farms.
Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. ended a 280-year ban on Sunday deer hunting by
authorizing one day each for archers and shooters. The law allows hunting
on private land in 12 rural counties in Western Maryland and on the
Eastern Shore. The ban continues in Central Maryland and Frederick,
Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties.
The law sets
aside the first Sunday in November for archers and the first Sunday in
modern firearms season. (This year they fall on Nov. 2 and 30.)
fall's gubernatorial campaign, Ehrlich said he opposed Sunday hunting.
Last year, the Sunday hunting bill was vetoed by then-Gov. Parris N.
Baltimore Sun 4/23/03
Department of Fish and Game had proposed to eliminate all predators from a
520-square-mile experimental micromanagement area for three years. The
plan called for killing 45 to 48 wolves and temporarily relocating brown
and black bears during the spring calving season. Biologists say such
efforts should let the moose population rebound and provide a higher
harvest for local hunters. Trappers killed 15 wolves around McGrath,
Alaska this winter, slightly more than average.
thought to be the prime source of moose and caribou mortality, wolves were
killed with abandon by federal agents and bounty hunters during
territorial days. Over time, however, changing public sentiment caused
managers to pare back wolf hunting and trapping. The last lethal wolf
control in Alaska occurred more than a decade ago.
Source: Anchorage Daily News 4/25/03
group of one of Thailand's rarest animals is being hunted to the point of
extinction. The goral is a small antelope-type animal native to
mountainous areas such as Doi Inthanon national park.
recently launched a so-called ``Goral Protection Mission'', carried out by
around 80 forestry officers to save the lives of a dozen known goral from
being killed by poachers.
Bangkok Post 4/27/03
coalition of groups including The Humane Society of the United States,
Maine Friends of Animals, the Fund for Animals and the American Society
for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals have joined in a campaign to put
a referendum on the ballot in November 2003 to ban bear baiting, hunting
bears with dogs and the use of bear traps in Maine. To this end, the
Humane Society of the United States and Maine Friends of Animals have
formed a political action committee called Maine Citizens for Fair Bear
founder and director of Maine Friends of Animals, assured people that the
new coalition has no interest in an outright ban on the state's $12
million black bear hunt. "We're not against hunting," Fisk said. "We just
think that these three cruel practices should be outlawed. Maine hunting
as a tradition is being demeaned."
baiting is the practice of luring a bear to a feeding station for several
weeks so that a concealed hunter can shoot the feeding bear when hunting
bear population is estimated at 23,000. Last year, nearly 4,000 were
killed during the fall season. Fewer than 100 were trapped, about 400 were
killed by hunters using dogs, and perhaps a few hundred were killed by
unaided hunters, but the vast majority- more than 3,000 animals –were shot
over bait, according to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
hunting is primarily a trophy hunt in which hunters often pay more than
$1,000 to hire a guide. Only nine states permit baiting, and bear
trapping is legal only in Maine.
Source: Bangor Daily News