December 3, 2021

It’s a Damn Bear People, Just a Damn Bear

Here’s another example of the depth of perversion programmed into the dead brains of people who consider the life of a bear over that of a human.

At Incline Village, Nevada, near Lake Tahoe, officials had already captured a bear earlier this year and released it back to the woods, but it returned and had tried several times to get into the car of one woman living in the village. The bear finally became successful, doing serious damage to the interior of the car.

Officials set a trap and ended up killing the bear stating that, “it posed a threat to public safety.”

The day the trap was set, the Evans family began receiving death threats and so filed a report with the Sheriff’s office.

A mentally ill person with the “Bear League”, a group of self-appointed Marxists who place animal life above that of humans, said that emotions would run high as long as bears were being killed but offered no actual sympathy or concern over the safety and well being of the Evans family.

SICK!

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Assault With a Deadly Broom

A Washington woman awoke at 3 a.m. to let her dog out. The dog encountered a bear. The bear killed the dog. The bear then encountered an angry woman wielding a broom. She fought off the bear but not until after it had bit her in her mid-section.

Does this not call for a ban on brooms? Do we have a right to keep and bear brooms….or broom bears…or something?

A bit more on this story can be found here.

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Is MDIFW Promoting a Rebuilt Deer Herd?

deerFound at the Portland Press Herald website is an article discussing the upcoming hunting seasons in Maine. About halfway down the page was this gem:

Probably the best news is the deer herd, which is now back to levels not seen since before the severe winters of 2007-08 and 2008-09.

“After three fairly mild winters, the deer population has rebounded, and that is reflected in last year’s buck kill and the increase in any-deer permits,” said Kyle Ravana, Maine’s deer biologist.

The article further goes on to brag about how buck harvests are up 23%, and it “exceeded the 10-year average.” I suppose I should insert a little “wink-wink” emoticon right here. Further prediction is that this year’s deer harvest should be around 25,000 or 26,000, which would be “nearly a 20 percent increase from the previous year.”

Please pardon me while I don’t do cartwheels over this so-called “best news.” If the deer herd is bouncing back in some places I can’t say that it has much to do with the efforts of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIFW). While efforts to kill coyotes is always good news, the targeting efforts, killing a few hundred coyotes over the past two winters, is NOT responsible for any resurgence in the deer herd in my opinion. And while I’m discussing efforts to, in fact, do something about a deer herd that is sure to be destroyed when Maine has another round of severe winters, absolutely nothing substantial has been done to address the overblown population of black bears that are probably killing more deer fawns than coyotes are. In addition, Maine is staring down the barrel of another citizen’s initiative by environmentalists aimed at ending bear hunting and trapping. And then what?

However, I and we could sit here for hours on end and argue about what has and hasn’t caused the deer herd to go up and down and all around. The point of all this is a warning to sportsmen not to be snookered by the MDIFW sales pitch. The truth is nothing has been done that would prevent another tragedy to the deer herd WHEN the next round of bad winters falls upon Maine.

Somehow MDIFW thinks we should be excited over a deer harvest of 25,000-26,000 deer. Compared to the bottom of the barrel, yeah, I guess it would look better. And I don’t blame MDIFW for doing what they can to rally the troops. They do have to sell licenses but isn’t it a better sell when there’s actually deer to hunt and one can brag about the fantastic deer management the department has done instead of thanking global warming for helping to save their jobs?

And the future for deer hunting isn’t all that great when you consider what might happen should hunting and trapping of bears be essentially destroyed. Any hopes of MDIFW channeling resources to manage a deer herd will be chewed up trying to find ways to keep bears from killing people and livestock.

But enough of bragging to the press about how “kumbaya” things are with Maine’s “rebounded” deer herd. It got me to thinking though and so I scratched around to find some data of interest that is often overlooked……or actually, probably never seen. I wanted readers to be able to take a look at deer harvest numbers from the early 1900s up until the present. In addition, I thought it would be interesting to examine the number of hunting licenses sold and sort of compare that with the harvest data to see about hunter success rates….sort of.

Before I present this data and add commentary to it, let me explain a few things that makes the data a bit faulty, or at least not something that you can take to the bank as exact data. Let me explain. The deer harvest numbers are accurate. Those numbers come directly from MDIFW information, including website and printed publications.

The number of licensed hunters includes all license sales. This number in no way represents an accurate number of licensed hunters who hunted deer. It also includes non-resident license sales of the same kind. One other note, the license data up until and including 2003 came from MDIFW publications. 2004 – 2012 was obtained from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Therefore the success rate percentage should only be used as an indicator to inspire thought. I have no way of knowing if variables within the license data is somewhat stable or not. What I was hoping for was an indication as to whether success rate for bagging a deer went up or down or whether there were any indications as to why. It is probably more speculative on my part. As I said, the harvest numbers are accurate.

When I began this little project, I was wondering if I could show that getting excited over a deer harvest of 26,000 was really something MDIFW should be bragging about when compared to history. Let’s see what I found.

I’ve provided a PDF for readers to download, especially if they would like a copy of the harvest numbers to refer back to. Below is a photo copy of the PDF for quicker reference to this story. You may need to click on it to enlarge it.

From the information that I have at my disposal, it shows that the peak deer harvest came in 1959. That harvest was 41,735 deer. In addition, that same year 175,530 total licenses were sold. That compares with 251,988 total licenses sold last year, 2012. If you were to calculate a success rate from harvest compared to licenses sold, it equals 23.8%.

For comparison, the low harvest occurred in 2009. A harvest of 18,092 was registered, with total license sales at 276,493. The calculated success rate at 6.5%.

To be forthcoming, if you examine the data in the table below, you will see harvest and license tallies prior to 1940 that are lower than the 2009 figures. I question those numbers and chose not to use them. You can if you would like.

Let’s look a bit closer. That peak harvest that happened in 1959 comes at what appears to be a pretty healthy hunting period for Maine residents. Beginning in 1945 through 1965, this 21-year period saw an average annual deer harvest of 36,112 and an average success rate of, 22.4%. During that same time, an average of 162,794 licenses were sold.

If we compare these numbers with the last 10 years, we will see that the average deer harvest from 2003 – 2012 was 24,766. Success rate averaged 9.7%, while the average number of licenses sold stood at 259,564.

MDIFW chooses to see if they can get a thrill to run up a quarter of a million licensed hunters’ legs by telling them they can expect to harvest 26,000 deer. And yet we see that over the past 10 seasons, nearly 100,000 more hunters are taking 69% fewer deer than they did a mere 40 years ago. What’s being done about that?

Is that the trick? We allow several years in a row with deer harvest numbers running in the high teens to low twenties and then convince hunters 26,000 is a good number and state the deer herd has rebounded? Come on man!

What amazes me is the fact that there are still at least 250,000 people willing to buy a Maine hunting license. It pains me every year to come back to Maine and spend $125.00 (approx) for a non resident license when I’m looking at a success rate that might be as low as 6% or 7%. Ouch! I guess I just consider it a donation and hope that someday that money will go towards deer management instead of saving piping plovers and protecting the predators that are the biggest contributors toward the destruction of this deer herd.

Some would argue that but when you factor in the harsh winters, which will come roaring back, deer yards become blood baths due to coyote predation. In the spring, the bears and coyotes clean up the fawns, reducing recruitment to near non existent. When you combine these truths with all the other excuses, there’s a dim future.

So which of these can we do something about?

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Wolves Gang Up Attack Black Bear in Wyoming

Wolves Attack Black BearWatch Video!

And what is the common talking points about this event occurring? Well, first we are incorrectly told wolves don’t attack bears. Secondly, we are told that wolves don’t have any effect on other wildlife.

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Motorcyclist Hits Bear

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Kitty Cats Missing – Searching for Explanation

In a small mid-Maine town, at least six people’s cats have come up among the missing, according to the Bangor Daily News. The owners of the cats are searching for both cats and an explanation for a seemingly odd and mysterious vanishing. I don’t think it’s all that odd.

Among some of the theories being talked about in this article as to what or who to blame, are foxes and mountain lions, and yet no mention of any member of the canine species other than the fox.

Of course there could be some pervert living in or visiting the neighborhood who has some kind of cat fetish, dead or alive, or maybe even an acquired taste for the little felines. However, it is, more than likely, the result of some larger predator/killer that’s hungry and/or very opportunistic.

There are no fewer than two sure bets when it comes to wild critters: they will always be hungry and they will always have to compete with man, mostly for space but also for food. There’s not a lot that can be done about space, although we try. Yeah, some say that man is swallowing up these critters’ habitat and that encroachment is ruining the dietary plans of some of these animals. While true, to some degree, I wonder if anyone has ever conducted a study that shows how man’s encroachment on the forests, fields and deserts, has increased usable habitat and foraging opportunities for wild animals, including birds? I’ll bet there’s a tradeoff, especially when you consider there are many more species of wild animals in this country than at any other time in recorded history.

All wild animals compete for habitat and food, whether with their own kind or another wild animal. In its most basic form, rational thinking will tell us that if there’s a food shortage, competition increases. On the same token, if the population of certain species increases, so does the competition for food. God forbid both happen at the same time.

Wild animals are, for the most part, opportunistic hunters/foragers. Let’s face it, our own human instinct is to go where we can get something we like to eat in the easiest possible manner available to us. Wild animals are no different.

If, as humans, we provide protection and food for wild animals, either intentionally or not, we will have visitors, some of which we might wish we didn’t have, as may be the explanation for missing cats.

Generally speaking, if wild critters have all the room they need and all the food to eat within that space, we as busy humans seldom, if ever, see them. It’s when circumstances change that six people will lose their cats, all in short period of time, to keep you cat happy at home, try closing all exits and giving them good food combined with this cbd oil for cats.

It sounds from reading the article that most of these kidnapped cat owners let their pets outside and unattended. This has probably been the norm and none have ever had much cause to think otherwise. If the cats became dinner fare for some predator/varmint, chances are something in the region changed that forced the wild critters to go seeking prey elsewhere.

We, as humans, can’t do much about changing natural circumstances that alter the behavior of wild animals, but we can do something about being responsible for managing specie populations to reduce these kinds of conflicts but more importantly to provide for healthy wildlife.

There will always be anomalies when dealing with the natural world, and this one occurrence may be just that. When it becomes a common event, chances are habitat is dwindling but more than likely populations are increasing. This happens mostly due to over-protection of a species. Over-protection is irresponsible behavior and does little good for the animal species and as a result, we see increases in the negative kinds of human/wildlife encounters. We also will usually see animal disease and starvation.

One example of what Maine citizens can do is not get caught up in the emotional rhetoric being provided by the Humane Society of the United States and the Wildlife Alliance of Maine, who want to effectively ban all methods necessary to properly and responsibly manage the black bear population.

As things stand at present, Maine has a very large and growing population of black bears. The ONLY humane methods of keeping those populations in check is through hunting and trapping. If those are removed, negative encounters between bears and humans will increase. Some of those encounters are sure to be tragic and, of course, unnecessary.

I’m not sure that kitty cats are at the top of the list of dietary delights for Ursus Americanus but taken to hunger due to a loss of food and/or population growth and competition, a bear will eat most anything it can get its paws onto……including humans.

Maine citizens should be thanking hunters and trappers for the healthy wildlife we all enjoy. In combination with intelligent wildlife management science, and the implementation of the North American Model of Wildlife Management, an historically proven method of responsible wildlife management, all Maine citizens get to enjoy the results.

Nobody wants to see our own and/or our neighbors pets disappearing. One way to help ensure this doesn’t happen is to make sure that the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife never have their hands tied up to a point where it prevents them from doing the best jobs they can in caring for our wild animals. Don’t let politics and private agendas dictate scientific wildlife management.

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One Tough Bear!

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Replica Collector Bear Traps

The information for this story can be found at Ammoland.

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Maine Sen. Mazurek Will Sponsor HSUS’ Anti Bear Hunting Bill

Two weeks ago I reported that the Humane Society of the United States, was looking for someone in the Maine Legislature willing to sponsor their ridiculous anti bear hunting and trapping bill. It appears they have found their marionette in Maine Senator Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland.

The Sun Journal report is mostly a copy and paste effort from the Humane Society of the United States’ (HSUS) website, so it fails to present any other opinion, position, or facts from people who have them. HSUS does not!

This bill should NEVER make it out of committee. We will see just where the Legislature, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the governor stand on this. Ironic in a way that MDIFW and the Legislature tend to tip-toe around scared to death of offending someone or causing some insane animal rights con artists, like HSUS, to file a lawsuit like the one in 2004. And what do we have? Not a lawsuit but what good did tip-toeing do except send out a red flag that Maine is weak on game management.

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Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Video by Scott McKinley

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