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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.

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