Stop Maryland’s Black Bear Hunt

Target: Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Senator

Goal: Demand cancellation of Maryland’s black bear trophy hunt.

Maryland’s black bear trophy hunt has killed nearly a thousand bears, at least half of which were cubs, within the last decade. The species had been under strict protection laws for 51 years before the hunt was allowed to resume in 2004 for profit reasons; the hunt brings in extra revenue for the state plus donations from big game hunters.

We cannot let this hunt happen. The black bear’s numbers have dropped drastically since its reinstatement, and all for the sake of monetary gain. Wild animals are not objects to claim as trophies and gain profit from, and bears play an important role in our ecosystem. They distribute fruit seeds throughout their ranges, which can be up to 80 square miles, and control certain insect populations. The loss of this species could spell disaster for the ecology.

The hunt is fast approaching with little time to stop it, but stopping this year’s is only one step. The hunt must be permanently banned in order to ensure the safety of the black bear population from here on out. Sign this petition to protect black bears from future slaughter.


Dear Senator Van Hollen,

Your state’s black bear hunt has lowered the population of black bears by nearly one thousand, at least half of which were cubs. Worse, the reasons for allowing the hunt after 51 years of protection for the species is entirely for monetary gain; it has been claimed that the event brings in extra revenue and donations from big game hunters.

Black bears are extremely important to the ecosystem. They spread fruit seeds as far as 80 square miles, in addition to controlling certain insect populations. You cannot allow people to kill these bears for the sake of glory and profit; it is unethical and cruel. Cancel the annual black bear hunt immediately, and cancel any and all future hunts. Help us to reinstate the protection for these bears before it is too late.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Ken Thomas

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