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Are you going? Or are you clenching your fists at the computer right now, knowing some animal rights activists are getting ready to march on Carson City and deliver petitions that are against the bear hunt starting in 5 days?
At 1:00 pm there will be a march to the Governor’s office to handover petitions, with a plea to stop the hunt before it begins. It sounds like regardless of this march it’s going to happen, but NOBEARHUNTNV.ORG is hoping for something else to happen.
We’ve failed to find a website for the pro-hunters side of things. Apparently one doesn’t exist, but we figure it would be filled with things like the newest flavors of Mad Dog 20-20, what other animals are cool to kill and hang on your wall, why it makes you feel special, and how to pretend that you actually want to eat the bear after you shoot it.
But we do have a website for the anti-hunting group, who just put out this press release early this morning:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY AUGUST 15, 2011
The non-profit organization NoBearHuntNV.org will hold a lunchtime rally on the State Capitol grounds and will meet with Governor Sandoval’s office on Monday, August 15th.
NoBearHuntNV.org will submit nearly 15,000 communications against Nevada’s first bear hunt for the Governor’s consideration. Nevada’s bears had previously been protected since 1929.
At 12:30 NoBearHuntNV.org organizers and supporters will gather for a rally and statements. At 1:00PM the supporters will march to the Governor’s Office to submit petitions and other documentation on zip drive. A 7″ thick ream of original signed petitions will be on hand.
NoBearHuntNV.org respectfully requests Governor Sandoval to formally review Nevada Department of Wildlife regulation CR 11-07 2011, “Black Bear Season and Harvest Objectives.”
By pointing out the continued and growing outcry against this controversial regulation, NoBearHuntNV.org hopes the hand of the Governor will be guided to intervene on behalf of the people to stop the bear hunt before it begins on Saturday, 20 August, until such time as the Nevada Department of Wildlife Board of Commissioners can make a more compelling case in favor of a scientific and reasonable need for the state to go to the expense of hosting a hunt of “the people’s wildlife,” Ursus americanus, our Eastern Sierra Nevada Black Bears.
Reasons citizens are opposing the hunt:
- Hunt won’t help with problem bears in Nevada’s urban interfaces; in fact scientific studies show hunting will increase the nuisance bear problem. [“Bear Nuisances and Hunting,” Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, Univ of Wisonsin, p. 37.]
- Hunt isn’t needed to cull an overpopulated species, as the bears are too few in number, an estimated 2-300.
- Hunt is in no way beneficial to our Nevada bears.
- Hunt exists merely for a handful of sportsman to hunt bears as trophies for their skins and their heads to be placed on floors and walls.
- Hunt will cost the State’s Department of Wildlife in overhead for the 6 females maximum or 20 bears total.
- Hunt will create safety concerns for hikers, bikers, horse riders, photographers, snowshoers, skiers, snowboarders, birders, climbers, sledders, dog-walkers, scientists and trail runners now recreating in the Carson Range and Tahoe Basin from Aug 20 – Dec 31, some of the best time to be in the mountains. Nationally 1000 hunting accidents occur in an average year, 100 of which are fatal.
- Lake Tahoe real estate agents contend property values of many Lake Tahoe residents will be negatively impacted due to locations adjacent to the hunt zones.
- Small business owners feel the over all tourist economy will suffer as people come to Lake Tahoe to experience harmony with nature.
- Hunters make up 1% of Nevada’s population, and only 6% of that one percent applied for a bear tag. Who is to have the say in this public agency?
- Many letters are from “life-long hunters” who believe in hunting for food and/or biological necessity, but are against taking life for sport or entertainment.
Washoe County Board for Wildlife Vice Chair Rick Smith stated at a county wildlife board meeting two weeks ago, “This bear hunt has been rammed down the throats of the public by the Commission… I’m voting against it because of how it was presented to the public.”
NoBearHuntNV.org has accumulated comments and petition signatures through online and in-person sources since October 2010. A recent in-person signature drive has gained nearly 5000 signatures in less than 8 weeks. The petitions are signed mostly by Nevada residents, in addition to some California residents who recreate at Lake Tahoe.
“We ask people not just to sign but to take sheets to get signatures as well,” said Billy Howard, organizer and IT Director for the non-profit. “This tactic has lead to an exponentiation of signatures. NoBearHuntNV.org‘s PO Box receives ever-larger amounts of petitions every day with no end in site.”
The approximately 15,000 statements against the hunt in the possession of NoBearHuntNV.org include online petitions, in-person signatures, resolutions by public agencies including the Incline Village Board of Trustees, North Lake Tahoe Visitors and Convention Bureau and Sustainable Tahoe, letters to the Department of Wildlife in the public record, emails to County Advisory Boards to Manage Wildlife, letters to the editor and various polls results which range between 72-86% against the bear hunt. Of the original 3000 correspondences received by NDOW, ninety eight percent opposed the hunt.
“We’re confident that at the moment anyone reads this, there is someone in some corner of Nevada signing a petition,” said Howard.
These people seem offly organized, although it looks as though the hunt will go on. If you truly believe in this hunt send us the website, if there is one, for the pro-hunting group, so we can post their point of view. Or at least let us know why this should happen, intelligently, if that is at all possible.