April 20, 2010
Statement on Withdrawal of Proposal to Expand Trophy Hunt of Black Bears in California
Jennifer Fearing, California senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States, issued the following statement in response to the California Department of Fish and Game rescinding a proposal to expand trophy hunting of black bears:
"The Humane Society of the United States applauds the California Department of Fish and Game decision to withdraw its proposal to dramatically expand high-tech trophy hunting of bears. The proposal could have increased the number of bears killed each year by up to 50 percent, and would have allowed the use of unsportsmanlike GPS devices and “tip switches” to make it easier for hound hunters to shoot helpless, treed bears at point-blank range. Thousands of Californians submitted public comments opposing these inhumane and unsporting practices, and the department is right to rescind its reckless proposal."
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