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Pedals, the disabled bear that championed through years of bear hunts was killed and brought to the Greenpond NJ station this past Monday by a man who specifically targeted and baited him for the last 3 years. He bragged about putting an arrow through him. Along with Pedals, 432 bears have been killed in our state since Monday. Bow hunting is now legal in NJ – purely for sport and thrill. The season was extended to October so hunters could kill mother bears and their cubs before they hibernate (typically the season was December) and these hunters could enjoy the more comfortable weather.
This is NOT population control and it is not decreasing human – bear encounters. It actually has the opposite effect according to studies because hunters are luring bears with food, leaving cubs motherless and scavenging and increasing the size of litters because these bears are consuming more rich human foods due to the luring. This is purely innocent animals being murdered for sport and trophy. Pedals journey is over, but his legacy will live on.
YOU can speak up and make a difference with regards to how wildlife is treated in this state. We CAN end this inhumane Bear Hunt and save future mothers, cubs and majestic families of bears before there are no more.
Here is how: (PLEASE SHARE)
Email the following contacts. I have pasted a sample letter at the bottom of this message (feel free to USE it!). Email email@example.com for a copy with formatting if needed.
DEP Commissioner, Bob Martin – firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Commissioner David Glass – email@example.com
Press Officer Larry Hajna – firstname.lastname@example.org
Director of F&W Dave Chanda – email@example.com
general email address firstname.lastname@example.org
and lastly, place a call to Governor Christie’s office 609-292-6000 and ask to speak to an aide. Tell them politely what has happened and what they should have done and what they could possibly do in your opinion.
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As a resident of New Jersey, I respectfully request the cancellation of the bear hunting seasons planned for 2016 and subsequent years. Bears are held in trust by the State for the benefit of the public, and all members of the public have an equal interest in their health and welfare. An overwhelming majority of the citizens of New Jersey are opposed to the State’s revised Comprehensive Black Bear Management Plan.
These are lives, and clearly this hunt is for recreational purposes hidden behind a barrage of misinformation about population control. The addition of bow hunting only further supports to intention of recreation verses population control. The new October season targeting mother bears and their cubs and giving hunters more enjoyment in better weather only further supports that the Comprehensive Black Bear Management Plan is largely for recreational purposes and catering to 1% of our states population who find pleasure in killing animals.
Black bears are an asset and a beauty. They are not a liability. The conservation of these beautiful creatures should be based on a foundation of inter-species respect, something lacking sorely in our state. Numerous scientific studies have shown that hunting does not reduce human-bear conflict and supports trash management as the focus.
It is disgusting that tax payers dollars are being spent to support hunting these magnificent creatures to please 1% of our state’s population rather than a meaningful effort at enforcing trash management.
Hunting leaves orphaned cubs, inexperienced to the natural world, to forage on their own in an environment where hunters are baiting them and encouraging them to eat human food and offerings. In essence, the game that these hunters are playing is creating more human-bear conflicts in the long run. The consumption of this food also supports larger litters, which basically buys into the ugly cycle of this recreational killing game. Orphaned cubs will be less experienced in natural foraging, increasing human-bear conflicts increasing the nonsensical argument that this hunt is necessary. Yes, this will certainly provide more backing to the concerns about population control, but we aren’t buying this cruel game.
Bear hunting is inhumane. Adding bow hunting and an October season targeting mothers and cubs only leads to more pain, confusion and suffering for what reason? To add to the thrill of this game. Bear hunting is trophy hunting at its ugliest. The State’s revised Comprehensive Black Bear Management Plan is a horrendous example to set for our state, our country and our youth so that 1% of our population can take part in the enjoyment of unnecessary slaughter.
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