September 23, 2020

Feed Bears So They Won’t Attack People

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Ignorance amazes me! What is that old adage? You can correct ignorance but there’s little hope for stupidity.

Environmentalists are some of the dumbest people around. I suppose that’s why they proudly parade their label as an environmentalist.

Environmentalists have a hankering to protect predators. While the useful idiots actually believe the predators are what make the ecosystems run smoothly, like high test gasoline in an engine, the real reason predators get the protection is because it is a great totalitarian tool to seize the rights away from citizens and destroy much of the heritage that made this country great. Because of this fake protection of animals, i.e. predators, environmentalists are often, nay always, caught in lies and making ignorant statements.

Example: In the Albuquerque Journal, the story goes that a man is forced to shoot a bear in his driveway because the bear wouldn’t leave and after a couple attempts to drive the bear away, the bear followed him up his driveway. Officials said he did the right thing.

Now to the root of the problem and the ignorance of some. This area of New Mexico has suffered 3 consecutive years of drought. Because of the drought, there is not much natural food for animals like bears. Bears get hungry. Bears need to eat a lot heading into fall and winter. Bears go to wherever there is food and if hungry enough will consume most anything, including human flesh if the opportunity presents itself.

In this same region where the attack took place, officials say there is a bear population of between 46 and 72. Yes, I said 46 and 72. Isn’t that akin to, say, Maine black bear biologists saying the Pine Tree State has between 19,000 and 31,000 bears? That’s quite a disparity, is it not? Makes you wonder how good the counting and estimating is.

Anyway, so in this region with 46 – 72 bears, there have been 15 “depredation kills” so far this year; in other words, officials killed 15 problem bears. In addition, according to this news article, 6 other bears have been killed in other ways…..that they know of or are willing to admit. That’s 21 bears dead!

I don’t think it’s a secret that officials claim that the worse problem that exists that causes the unwanted death of predators in particular, i.e the black bear, is when they become what is called habituated to humans. In other words, they lose their fear of them. Many people think that if bears, or other large predators, lose their fear, they have become friendly and won’t bother you. Nothing could be more deadly wrong.

The easiest way to habituate a bear is to feed it out in your back yard. The second easiest way to habituate a bear to human food is to feed it out in the woods. People within bear protection groups in New Mexico are asking officials to go out into the forest and feed the bears so they won’t attack people. Brilliant!

To be completely forthcoming here, in Maine the environmentalists want to ban bear hunting that is done over bait. Bait can comprise many different products (some a secret, wink, wink) but bait piles often contain human food. The difference between allowing the baiting of bears in Maine for hunting and supplemental feeding of bears in New Mexico is that Maine must rely on the success that comes from hunting bears over bait in order to control the populations of bears in Maine, now numbering at least 31,000. Bears are also hunted in Maine, they are not in New Mexico.

So, let’s put this in a bit of perspective. Cedar Crest, New Mexico, where this man was forced to shoot a bear, is having a serious problem with bear encounters from an estimated population of 46 – 72 bears. Cedar Crest covers 3.3 square miles and a human population of almost 1,100. The town has a bear problem when drought hits.

The entire state of New Mexico, covering 121,589 square miles and a human population of 2,085,538, estimates their bear population statewide at between 5,000 and 6,000.

In Maine, a state covering 35,385 square miles, or 3 and a half times smaller than New Mexico, has a bear population estimated at 31,000, or 5 – 6 times larger than New Mexico’s.

What do you think is going to happen in Maine if drought should hit that state for 3 or more years in a row? Do you think there will be any bears attacking humans for food?

And better yet, what is going to happen in Maine if environmentalists are successful in removing virtually all the tools necessary for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to responsibly manage bears and keep bear populations in check for public safety and to maintain a healthy population of bears?

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