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March 24, 2010

California's Proposed Hunt is A Bear

The Humane Society of the United States

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Trophy hunters in California kill more than 1,700 black bears each year so that their heads and their hides can grace trophy room walls. Most of these bears are killed using packs of dogs fitted with high-tech radio telemetry devices.

In many parts of California, hunting dog training is allowed nearly year-round, which results in the harassment of bears throughout most of the year, even when mothers are first bringing their cubs out of their dens.

But this isn't enough for some trophy hunters. The California Fish and Game Council proposed a major expansion of bear hunting in California, which would:

  • Allow the use of high-tech global positioning equipment on dogs' collars, to make the chase easier to monitor from afar.
  • Allow the use of "tip switches," which notify the hunter when a dog raises his head because he has treed a bear. The hunter can then make his way to the scene to shoot the bear at point-blank range.
  • Remove the statewide quota of 1,700 bears, potentially allowing an unlimited number of bears to be killed.
  • Initiate the first-ever bear hunt in San Luis Obispo County, even though the County Board of Supervisors is officially opposed to the hunt.
  • Expand bear hunting in Modoc and Lassen Counties.
  • Expand bear hunting with hounds and hound training into more of the state.

Join us!

Our supporters who live near Sacramento are invited to RSVP by April 1 to attend Humane Lobby Day on April 8.

Also, if you live near Monterey, please attend the California Fish and Game Council meeting on April 8. The meeting will start around 9 a.m. at the Beach Resort Monterey, 2600 Sand Dunes Drive, Monterey, CA 93940-3838 (see a map). 

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