I talked to Bradley Koele, “wildlife damage expert”. He said that they have had the option to issue kill licenses on bears who cause $1000 damage ( largely to corn fields) but are taking it to an automatic issue of kill license(s) if a “verified” (county schmoozer with farmer) $5000 damage has been done. That license or licenses can be used outside of the bear kill seasons ( usually early September to mid-October) and as many as 20 licenses have been issued to farmers with large farms. The farmer can “only retain one bear” for himself, but can keep as many skins and heads as he wants – or give them to friends. He is not supposed to sell the licenses but they can have a good ole boy kill fest on his property – so much easier than going through the lottery. And a good ole boy time was had by all. Including dogs at their convenience.
They start running packs of dogs on bears and their cubs July 1. Bears cannot sweat and die of heat exhaustion when run for miles, out of sight of the “hunters” who just listen to their radio-collared hounds and then drive to wherever. They separate mothers from cubs, and shake little cubs out of trees to get bloodlust into the dogs. Rick Hanestad who used to hound bears, told me that easily 30% of the bears run by dogs during the training, are killed on the ground by the dogs. They are too inexperienced or small to deal with a pack of dogs – or they are run in open farm fields where there are no trees.
Please comment. We cannot be the only species on the planet who takes everything and not share. We cannot be the only species that “predates”. Please say that 90% of us want to have general public funding of wildlife stewardship and a first time democracy in stewarding our wildlife. With our money ( and we already bring 11 times the revenue of hunters (3 times if you count the $40 million they pay to destroy our wildlife – mostly spent in managing their killing biz) – again, with our money directed to a democratic wildlife fairly funded, fairly participating, we can spread a new ethic of tithing back to our wildlife and some compensation from the 90% of us who pay in anyway. Then we do not have to be killing – we can be sharing.
What a concept.
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