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Activists’ Toolkit To Fight Bear Hunting

The Humane Society of the United States

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Bears get caught in the crosshairs all too often, whether out of ignorance of humane management, fear, or the desire for a trophy.

Most problems with bears can be easily prevented by taking minor steps to avoid attracting them.

Unfortunately, the first response to conflicts with bears in many communities is to initiate a bear hunt. In some cases, perceived conflicts are just an excuse for a trophy hunt.

Although they are by nature shy animals who avoid humans whenever possible, approximately 33,000 black bears are killed in the United States each year. Does your state allow bear hunts [PDF]?

Can't bear it any longer?

With the guides below, you can take action to stop abuses of bears.