November 2, 2009
Donuts and bullets
Unsporting Practice Endangers Animals and People
Not only is bear baiting unsporting and inhumane—even by the standards of the hunting community, which holds that animals must have a "reasonable chance" to avoid being killed—the practice also creates "problem bears." Problem bears are animals who have become accustomed to obtaining human food. More likely to raid campsites or break into cars, cabins or trash cans, habituated animals increase dangerous conflicts between bears and people.
The unsporting practice of bear baiting sacrifices the safety of campers, vacationers and bear country residents to the interests of a few hunters after an easy kill.
Ten states still allow bear baiting: Alaska, Arkansas, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Utah, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
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