July 3, 2022

Problems With Bears

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In Montana, efforts to “haze” a black bear proved futile and so authorities shot the bear instead.

Just an egg sucking bear? No not really but this now dead bear, has a hankering for killing chickens. The bear killed 40 of the feathered friends and thus had to die.

On June 10, 2013, I wrote an article about the Humane Society of the United States’ attempts ongoing to ban bear hunting in Maine. It seems the executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine took issue with part or all of the OpEd published in the Bangor Daily News by Katie Hansberry. David Trahan, executive director for the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine, said that the newspapers decision to publish a photo of an outdated and outlawed bear trap was intended to “sensationalize the trapping of bear.”

And it seems that even some of those who support the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) disagree in part with the tactics and use of disparaging and misleading words by Katie Hansberry, head of the Maine division of the HSUS, in efforts to ban bear hunting and trapping.

However, it is difficult to take much of anything the author of the opinion piece had to say too seriously because of statements made early in the article.: “I believe Katie Hansberry is on a personal crusade that overshadows the good that the Humane Society of the United States is known for and which most of us support.” The Humane Society of the United States does very little that is “good”; that is much of anything good for animals. HSUS is a fringe group of extremists and mostly animal perverts but the organization itself is more about bilking people for money to pay big salaries and little to do with helping animals. If people want to help animals, a better bet would be to support your local animal shelter which is NOT part of HSUS.

In addition, I don’t know who the “us” is in “most of us support”, meaning the HSUS. Most people do NOT support HSUS. It’s only enough ignorant people who have no knowledge of the truth of what HSUS does.

In the small coastal town of Wiscasset, Maine, bears are making visits to homes in search of food. Some so-called authorities will often say this is a rare occurrence, but it’s not all that rare. It might be rare that a bear comes and visits in broad daylight and the homeowner is able to get some pretty good pictures (as can be seen in the Wiscasset newspaper), but bears visiting homes is quite a bit more common than some know and those encounters and visits are bound to increase as the bear population in Maine continues to increase.