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Urge Officials to Spare Virginia's Bears
From In Defense of Animals

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is getting set to hold a cruel hunt in which as many as twenty bears will be killed in the name of recreation. This hunt is not taking place to curb overpopulation, nor is it to protect members of the public. It is simply to appease hunters' blood thirst and it's just not right.

According to The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan, "The main purpose of the hunt is to add a priority wildlife-dependent recreational opportunity for the public. There are limited public hunting opportunities in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. By implementing a bear hunt an additional 200 hunting days will be provided to the area."

What YOU Can Do:

Please "take action" to urge The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine to call off the hunt. Also, please tell a friend and take a moment to sign our petition to Governor Kaine.

Then download your letters and fax or mail to the addresses indicated below.

Governor Timothy Kaine
Office of the Governor, 14th Floor
One Capitol Square, 830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
Tel.: (804) 371-0840
Fax: (804) 371-0935 
Please click here for the online feedback form.

Suzanne Baird, Refuge Manager
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
Tel.: (757) 986-3705
[email protected] 

Marvin Moriarty, Regional Director
Northeast Regional Office
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035-9589
Tel.: (413) 253-8200
Fax: (413) 253-8308
[email protected]


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