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
April 15, 2015
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission voted to open a trophy hunt on Florida’s unique subspecies of black bears for the time in 21 years and just three years after Florida black bears were removed from the threatened species list.
April 14, 2015
In advance of the Florida Fish and Game Commission’s April 15 meeting, conservation and animal protection groups are calling on the FWC to vote down a proposal to open a trophy hunt on the unique subspecies of Florida black bears.
April 1, 2015
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a proposal to open trophy hunting on the Florida black bear.
March 9, 2015
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s trophy bear-hunting proposal is devoid of scientific merit.
March 13, 2015
October 24, 2014
Rays of Hope: Humane Society International Helps Implement Historic New Protections for Sharks and Rays
Humane Society International helps implement historic new protections for sharks and rays
August 5, 2014
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has taken unprecedented action today by signing legislation that will end New Jersey’s contribution to the devastating international trade in ivory and rhino horns.
June 20, 2014
Groups Congratulate New York State Legislature for Passing Historic Ban on Elephant Ivory and Rhino Horn
The Wildlife Conservation Society, Natural Resources Defense Council and The Humane Society of the United States praised the New York State Legislature today for passing landmark legislation that bans the sale and purchase of elephant ivory and rhino horn.