September 18, 2020

Protecting Bears Causes Restricted Access to Forest

It appears that the idiots bent on the protection of bears, i.e. the Humane Society of the United States wanting to ban bear hunting in Maine, through their efforts to make sure there are millions of bears to attack and harm people, are also causing the restriction of use and access to the same forests their protected bears live.

In this article about “How to Avoid a Bear Attack,” we read:

Stay away from bear feeding areas such as berry patches, fresh burns, lake shores, alpine meadows, streams full of spawning fish or avalanche slopes when possible. If you see bear scat, tracks or claw marks on trees, move elsewhere. Also leave if you encounter a fresh kill or places where leaves and branches have been piled up, possibly over a carcass. A bear could be lurking nearby.

Avoid walking after dark in bear country and do not travel alone. Studies show that groups of four or more people are seldom attacked. Make noise by talking, singing or playing music, anything to alert bears to your presence. Most will move away if they hear you and are not taken by surprise.

Always sleep inside a tent, but keep your cooking and food storage area 50-75 yards away when possible. Wear a hat while cooking so food odors don’t concentrate in your hair. Leave the hat at the cooking area. Avoid greasy or smelly foods such as bacon, sausage or fish. Store leftovers in airtight containers far away and wash dishes carefully to avoid leaving scent or grease on them.

A friend, who sent me the link to this story along with the pictures that follow, made the following comment which pretty well sums up what’s going on.

In other woods stay the hell out of the woods… at the same time the folks are building trails galore (with taxpayers money) and encouraging more outdoor activities (promoted with taxpayers money) the animal rights folks want to increase (quickly double?) the Maine bear population with hunting restrictions. And it looks like we will need more LAWS (not just warnings or encouragement) to keep us out of the way of any critter that wants to use the area.



Is Hunter License Fees Being Used to Feed Predators?

It seems to be the trend all across the nation. State after state announcing plans to reduce game tags and cut back on the number of game animals allowed to be harvested, seriously cutting into hunter opportunities.

New Mexico is considering cutting way back on the number of deer that will be harvested due to a population decrease. It seems that any talk of lost opportunity and game population reductions is quickly attributed to lost habitat and, of course, global warming, but with the nationwide movement to protect large predators isn’t much of the loss of game animals due to predator protection? Aren’t hunter license fees essentially going to providing feed for over protected predators?


Backcountry Safety Course Likely Will Be Incomplete and Ineffective

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department has plans for a backcountry safety course to teach people how to protect themselves against bears, lions and wolves when they, “…get into conflicts with people’s dogs.” And that may be the extent of it.

According to the linked-to article above Wyoming officials admit, “…wolf attacks on people are rare but sometimes wolves get into conflicts with people’s dogs.” Is this suggesting that if you venture into the backcountry without a dog, you will not be attacked by wolves?

Topics include how to use pepper spray and proper food storage. These are all well and good but why not present a complete an honest course on what MIGHT happen in order to properly teach people to be prepared? I just don’t get it.

Missing from this short list is how to be safe from contracting Echinococcus granulosus (Eg) from wild canine scat or other sources.

Will Graves, author of “Wolves in Russia: Anxiety Through the Ages” and canine disease researcher says of the planned safety class, “This is a bit of ‘progress.’ Authorities admitting that wolves can, under circumstances, become dangerous. Also, there is the threat of becoming invected with E.g.”

To which Dr. Valerius Geist, professor emeritus University of Calagary, replied, “Agreed. But it could be better. Time will tell.”