September 21, 2018

Denying Obvious Bear Facts to Protect Bears

Below is a teaser and link to an article about a debate in Colorado as to whether a spring bear hunt would have any effect on the bear population. It’s more than just odd that a member of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife says that since the spring bear hunt was canceled in 1999, harvest numbers of bears hasn’t changed. He therefore concludes a spring bear hunt wouldn’t change the harvest numbers. Unfortunately it’s not that simple.

The article fails to inform readers as to what has happened to the bear population in Colorado. If the same number of hunters go after twice as many bears, one would assume the success rate would go up. Figures are thrown around about harvest numbers. About the only thing to go on is that the article states that success rates for bear harvests jumped from 5% to 7%, giving as examples data from only one year and both year’s data came from hunting seasons 10 years apart. I think this is nothing more than playing games with numbers.

Nothing provided here can conclude anything, particularly what Colorado officials are trying to claim.

Shouldn’t the real issue here be about managing bears scientifically and with consideration as to how methods and management effect public safety? Unfortunately for all, bear management is driven by social demands from ignorant people who have no understanding of the facts of bear behavior.

I’m not advocating for or against a spring bear hunt. I’m advocating for responsible, proven, scientific bear management. If facts on the ground show there are too many bears for the habitat or that are causing too many conflicts with humans, something needs to be done about it.”Will believes it is a coincidence that black bear populations have climbed in Colorado in the 22 years since the spring bear hunt was abolished. He said he doesn’t think there is a cause-and-effect relationship.”<<<Read More>>>


16,180 Human-Bear Conflicts in One Year

“The Conservation Officer Service is British Columbia’s primary responder to human-wildlife conflicts where there is a risk to public safety, conservation concerns, or where significant property damage has occurred.

In 2013-14, the Conservation Officer Service received 28,063 calls regarding human-wildlife conflicts. Of those calls, 16,180 involved human-bear conflicts. During this same period, the total number of black bear and grizzly bear calls were down slightly from the previous year.

Over the past five years in B.C., an average of 658 black bears have been destroyed each year, while 91 have been relocated due to conflicts with people.”<<<Read More>>>


RMEF Salutes Volunteers

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation caps National Volunteer Week by saluting the foundation of its 30-year-old organization—its volunteer army of more than 10,000 strong across the country.

“RMEF is what it is today because of our volunteers,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “They are an on-the-ground force that commits their time, talents and energy to ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

RMEF recognized its volunteers during National Volunteer Week by giving away seven trips-for-2 to its national convention, Elk Camp, scheduled for December 4-7 in Las Vegas. Winners receive two full registrations and four nights free lodging at The Mirage. Go here for Elk Camp registration information.

“Our volunteers have what can be accurately described as a real ‘get ‘er done’ attitude. Not only do they raise funds for elk and elk country in their own backyards through banquet and membership drives, but they put on their boots for fence pulls, noxious weed treatments, elk collaring and a variety of other hands-on efforts,” added Allen.

Making up more than 500 chapters nationwide, RMEF volunteers helped to protect or enhance more than 6.4 million acres, open or secure public access to more than 707,000 acres and complete more than 8,600 permanent land protection, habitat stewardship, elk restoration, conservation education and hunting heritage projects. Learn more about RMEF’s volunteer program here.


Idaho Closes Hiking Trail Because of Coyote Attacks

The article linked to below is classic media protection for predators making all the right excuses why a coyote is not to blame for attacking a dog being walked by a human.

1. “approached a woman walking a small dog”
2. “attack is unusual”
3. “coyotes rarely approach a dog”
4. “coyotes have pups in the area”

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Bear Problems in Tennessee Town

“We been here 43 years, and we’ve never seen a bear,” Delores Hammitt said. “We have raccoons and groundhogs — but never a bear. We’ve been told, ‘If he gets aggressive, shoot it.’ We just want the neighbors to know they should be aware its out there. The more it hangs around here, the less afraid he’s going to be.”<<<Read More>>>


Is This Just Adding Lipstick to Wolf Counting Procedures?

“The study’s primary objective was to find a less expensive approach to wolf monitoring that would yield statistically reliable estimates of the number of wolves and packs in Montana,” said Justin Gude, FWP’s chief of research for the wildlife division in Helena.

The typical method used to document the state’s wolf population focuses on ground and aerial track counts, visual observations, den and rendezvous confirmation and radio collaring to count individual wolves as required by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The verified count is used to fulfill Montana’s obligation to submit an annual wolf population report to federal authorities to ensure wolves are being properly managed above standards that could trigger relisting as an endangered species. Those counts must continue through Dec. 31, 2016.

“This new approach is not only good science,” Gude said, “it’s a practical way for Montana to obtain a more accurate range of wolf numbers that likely inhabit the state.”<<<Read More>>>Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks study on new methods of counting wolves.


No Gun Violence in PA, Vultures Remain Quiet

“The calls for something to be done aren’t being made because the horrible occurrence yesterday points out something that pro gun groups have been saying for some time: America doesn’t have a gun problem, we have an anger and violence problem- especially in our schools.

Further, the groups normally calling for immediate legislative action are being quiet because stabbings don’t move the needle for them. Eliminating violence is as nebulous and unlikely an idea as world peace- they know that’s impossible.

And it’s not their ultimate goal. Disarming average Americans is their goal, and they’re single-minded in that mission. When it’s a non-gun event, that’s difficult for them to deny, so they go quiet.”<<<Read More>>>


When I Hear That Lonesome Whistle……..Damn the Train!

“The GPS collaring project is part of the overall $1 million, five-year Parks Canada-Canadian Pacific Railway joint action plan to try to prevent ongoing deaths of grizzly bears on the train tracks through Banff and Yoho national parks.Trains are the single biggest killer of grizzly bears in Banff National Park. There have been 14 known grizzly bear deaths on the railway in Banff and Yoho since 2000, but that number does not take into account bears that may be struck but never found.”<<<Read More>>>


Chicken Boxing Is A Sport Like Human Boxing

“Just as dueling is a blood sport, two men fighting each other with swords is a blood sport that is illegal,” Guillory reportedly said. “Similarly, two men with boxing gloves on can box each other as a sport that is legal. This is the same distinction between chicken boxing and cockfighting.”<<<Read More>>>