May 062017
 
Wildlife advocates win! No Florida bear hunt for at least 2 years

If you’ve ever wondered whether public outcry really has any effect, look no further than Florida. Based almost solely on public pressure, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) decided this week against authorizing a black bear hunt in 2017 or 2018. Wildlife advocates are extremely happy with the news. Hunters, not so much. […]

Mar 272017
 
POLL: Should Alaska's refuges be opened for hunting again?

Sprawling over 77 million acres, Alaska’s 16 national wildlife refuges are peppered with iconic animals, from grizzly bears and black bears to wolves and coyotes. But these predators, which have enjoyed increased protections since this past summer, could once again be hunted using controversial methods such as trapping and baiting. A measure passed by the […]

Mar 202017
 
POLL: Should Trump disband USDA Wildlife "Killing" Services?

Despite persistent outrage from the public, the U.S. government killed 2.7 million wild animals in 2016 — and almost 1.6 million were native wildlife, according to data released this week. That’s roughly five animals every minute. Even after scientific investigations by a team of ecologists cast serious doubts around the necessity of these killings, Wildlife […]

Mar 012017
 
POLL: Should more bear hunting licenses be issued?

NORTHERN MICHIGAN (WPBN/WGTU) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is hoping to increase the amount of bear hunting licenses this year. Last week, the DNR made the recommendation to increase the quota by 160 licenses throughout the state due to an increase in the black bear population. The DNR believes there is about 12,000 […]

Nov 292016
 
POLL: Should the bear bile trade ban be strictly enforced?

In 2005, the Vietnamese government made it illegal to extract bile from bears. But the illegal trade in bear bile and gall bladder is still going strong, more than ten years after the ban, according to a new report. The unending demand for bear parts is driving two bear species — Sun Bear (Helarctos malayanus) […]

Aug 232016
 
POLL: Should spear hunting of bears be banned?

Authorities in the Canadian province of Alberta have vowed to ban spear hunting and are weighing whether to lay charges against an American hunter after a video surfaced showing him killing a black bear with a spear. The video – one of several hunting videos posted to the YouTube account of Josh Bowmar – shows […]

Jul 282016
 
How to survive a bear encounter

Peak camping season is upon us, and this July and August millions of Americans will be loading the minivan, heading into our national parks and forests, and inevitably meeting some bears. Fortunately, most of these encounters will be uneventful. In almost every case, the bear will turn its tail and run. Take Yellowstone national park […]

Jul 062016
 
POLL: Should bear hunting in Florida be kept on hold?

In the age of the Anthropocene, is it really possible, long-term, to sustain growing numbers of human beings and wildlife predators on landscapes already crowded—and likely to be left literally shrunken in decades ahead by climate change? The experiment is now playing out across the peninsula of Florida, the third most populous state in America. […]

Jun 222016
 
POLL: Should black bears be killed for Royal Guards' fur caps?

Spending on British soldiers’ bearskin Busby hats has rocketed by nearly 500% since 2008 – despite thousands of troops being axed. Seven years ago a Labour Defence Minister, Baroness Taylor, met with animal rights campaigners to review designs of the controversial headgear. Activists hoped the Ministry of Defence would finally stop buying traditional caps made […]

May 152016
 
POLL: Should bear trafficking in Southeast Asia be stopped?

The population of captive animals on “bear farms” in Laos has been increasing significantly in recent years, despite laws to protect the bears. After mother bears and their cubs—both Asiatic black bears and sun bears—are captured, their bile and body parts are harvested for use in traditional Chinese medicine. An organization called Free the Bears […]

May 092016
 
POLL: Should bear-bile farming be banned?

The bear bile industry targets mostly sun bears and Asiatic black bears, also known as moon bears, which both get their names from the tuft of white hair on their chests. The bears’ gallbladders contain a yellow liquid—bile—that helps them digest fat. People have used this bile in Asian medicine for more than a thousand […]

Mar 142016
 
POLL: Should the Louisiana black bear be kept on the endangered species list?

The Louisiana black bear, the animal credited with spawning the phrase “teddy bear”, is to be removed from the federal list of endangered wildlife following a two-decade conservation effort. The US Department of the Interior said the “conservation success” of the bear meant it no longer required the protection of the endangered species act, which […]

Dec 282015
 
POLL: Should bear hunting in New Jersey be banned?

Louis Webber has shot a black bear. He proudly poses with the animal as it is weighed, the butt of his shotgun wedged in his armpit. The tableau is punctured by the shouts of a handful of people who are holding placards. “You’re a piece of shit,” a man yells at Webber. “You’re garbage. A […]