Bears get caught in the crosshairs all too often, whether out of fear, desire for a trophy or ignorance about humane management techniques.
The HSUS works to maintain longstanding protections for bears and to end the cruel and unsporting practices of bear baiting, hounding, trapping and springtime hunting.
Learn more about abusive bear hunting practices:
- Baiting involves intensive feeding of black bears to make them easier targets of trophy hunters.
- Hounding involves hunters and guides using packs of radio-collared hounds to pursue bears into trees.
- Trapping, currently legal only in Maine, leaves bears to languish for hours and even days, sometimes suffering painful injuries until they are killed.
- Spring bear hunting can kill mother bears, leaving orphaned cubs to fend for themselves at a time when they are most vulnerable.
News & Events
October 21, 2015
Thousands of trophy hunters will descend on Florida’s wilderness to kill an estimated 320 Florida black bears, a unique subspecies of the American black bear that’s found nowhere else on Earth.
October 21, 2015
Miles de cazadores de trofeos llegarán hasta los bosques de Florida para matar a unos de 320 osos negros de Florida, una subespecie única del oso negro americano que no se encuentra en ninguna otra parte del planeta. El estado realizará esta cacería el sábado 24 de octubre a pesar de que la mayoría de los habitantes del estado se oponen a la misma. Cerca de 3,000 permisos de cacería han sido vendidos.
August 19, 2015
This photo of a bear cub who had scrambled up a tree in the Smoky Mountains was a lucky shot for All Animals reader Tracy Vaughn.
June 24, 2015
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to reopen a trophy hunt on the Florida black bear.
December 30, 2015
According to international trade data, American hunters comprise the vast majority of the clientele for South Africa’s notorious canned hunting operations for African lions.
October 23, 2015
Colorado Parks and Wildlife has just announced it will not move forward for this year with its proposed plan to kill up to 50 percent of all mountain lions along the Arkansas River Valley.
August 5, 2015
Regulations to prohibit bobcat trapping across the state will be enacted, according to a vote by the California Fish and Game Commission.
May 22, 2015
A bill that will prohibit the use of bullhooks on elephants in California passed the Senate 29-7.