According to Outdoor Hub, “The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) issued a warning earlier this month, advising residents that black bear complaints are on the rise. Efforts to control an increasing bear population are now on thin ice thanks to an upcoming referendum that seeks to ban several hunting methods.”
Earth to the dullards in Maine: If you’re experiencing a spike in black bear related problems, not hunting them is not going to help the situation.
“Maine has a large bear population, and this time of year after emerging from their winter dens, hungry bears are out looking for food,” said IFW black bear biologist, Jen Vashon, in a press release. “We want to remind people to remove common backyard attractants so they don’t create a potentially dangerous interaction with a black bear.
Biologists currently estimate there to be between 24,000 and 36,000 black bears living in the state. Since 2004, the bear population has increased by over 30 percent and correspondingly, so has the number of bear complaints. The IFW now responds to an average of 500 nuisance bear calls every year.
Hunting is the Department’s primary tool for managing this thriving bear population,” Vashon said previously. “To manage Maine’s bear population at levels desired by a diverse public, Maine allows bear hunters to use several traditional methods over a three-month fall hunting season.”
Those methods involve the use of hounds, traps, and bear baiting. Some animal rights groups claim that these methods are inhumane, unsporting, and unsustainable. Earlier this year the advocacy group Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting submitted nearly 80,000 signatures to put the issue of banning the three hunting methods on the November ballot. The organization notes that Maine is the only state in the nation to allow all three harvest methods.”
Look, doe-eyed Disney movie lover: the most effective way to keep bears away from your kids and grand-kids, your dogs, your plate of doughnuts on your outside deck and your refrigerator is to make them fear you – and the chief way to get that message across is to hunt, shoot and eat them. Always legally of course.
Oh, and by the way, as I point out in my new book, Rise, Kill And Eat: A Theology of Hunting From Genesis to Revelation, animals are supposed to fear us according to this book called the bible. Check it out …
“Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.'” Gen.9:1-3
Trust me. If you start shooting these 200lb furry, fanged and clawed garbage disposals, the bear emails and texts will start traveling fast throughout the woods and Winnie will seek out some other food source than your trashcan filled with Popeye’s chicken bones.
If you do not allow for hunting, then don’t think it’s weird when you go into your garage one late afternoon and find some bruins dining on your 40lb bag of Eukanuba. Good luck fending them off. You’re going to need it.
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