Target: Tony Wasley, Director of the Nevada Department of Wildlife & Grant Wallace, Chairman of the Board of Wildlife Commissioners,
September 15, 2016 marks the beginning of the Nevada Bear Hunt. This highly opposed hunt, which was first approved in 2010, will enter its sixth year. We are hoping this will be the last year.
Since the hunt began, 71 bears have been killed, mostly by the appalling method of hounding, in which bears are chased to exhaustion.
We are asking the Nevada Department of Wildlife to recommend an end to this hunt for 2017 and the Board of Wildlife Commissioners to vote to end this hunt at their February 2017 meeting.
Nevada is home to a small population of black bears. It is estimated that between 400-600 bears call Nevada home. In the past, Wildlife officials have admitted that this hunt is not to manage overpopulation. In fact, this hunt is only to favor the special interests of a small group of hunters. It ignores a stagnant bear population and the stress imposed on our bears due to the effects of four years of drought, vehicular deaths, research related deaths, poaching and those killed in the name of “public safety”.
This hunt also ignores the voice of those opposed to hunting a beloved species and fails to recognize evolving social values, which no longer support trophy hunting.