Save Hundreds of Black Bears From Slaughter

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Target: Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

Goal: Reinstate the Louisiana black bear on the endangered species list to protect it from being hunted.

The Louisiana black bear was just taken off the endangered species list after 24 years of conservation efforts to protect its threatened population. This removal from the list means that the species will lose important protections, such as the 30-year hunting ban that has kept it safe and allowed its population to recover.

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, between 500 and 750 Louisiana black bears now live in the species’ range of Louisiana and Mississippi forests. While these numbers are more encouraging than previous years, they still reflect a species that is recovering from near-extinction and continues to need protection.

Before being listed as endangered, Louisiana black bears faced a rapid decline due to unrestricted and illegal bear harvests in which many were hunted and killed. Even once the hunting ban was instated, they continued to be threatened by habitat loss and climate change which still keep them from a full recovery today.

Many of the forested wetlands in North America have been cleared due to oil and gas development, and this steady deforestation of the Louisiana black bear’s habitat has had a dramatic impact on the species’ population. According to the Nature Conservancy, only around 4.4 million forested acres remain in the Lower Mississippi River Valley and most of this land is divided up into small, degraded sections which do not provide sufficient habitat for the black bear.

While it is true that recovery efforts have had a positive impact on reestablishing a growing population of Louisiana black bears, and these conservation efforts should be acknowledged, this species continues to need protection. Sign the petition below to urge the Secretary of the Interior to reinstate the Louisiana black bear on the endangered species list and ensure that this threatened species continues to receive the protection it deserves.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Secretary Jewell,

The Louisiana black bear has not recovered sufficiently to warrant its removal from the endangered species list, and must be reinstated to ensure that it continues to receive protection. This species is threatened by climate change and habitat loss, having lost most of its range due to the deforestation of North American wetlands. Only around 4.4 million forested acres remain in the Lower Mississippi River Valley today, most of which is divided up into small sections which do not provide sufficient habitat for the Louisiana black bear.

Only 500 to 750 of these bears live today in Louisiana and Mississippi forests, and while these numbers are more encouraging than previous years, they are still not enough to signify a full recovery. Louisiana black bears faced a rapid decline before they were listed as endangered due to unrestricted bear harvests, and they cannot be allowed to face similar threats now that they have been removed from the list.

The only way to ensure that the 30-year hunting ban on this species is not lifted is to reinstate them on the endangered species list. I am urging you to reconsider the decision to remove endangered species status from the Louisiana black bear. Please take action to ensure that this threatened species receives the protection it needs in order to continue its recovery.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Charles Barilleaux

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9 Comments

  1. Black bears are still considered endangered because most hunters still want to kill them. If they kill the bear, they most likely leave their cubs orphaned to die since one adult bear cannot protect the cubs and go hunt for food. Its disgraceful to kill a bear for sport anyway. And how fair of a fight is it for a hunter with a gun? What’s the bear going to do wrestle it away from him? Ridiculous. killing bears is just one more evil thing that people do. Its up to the law to keep the justice and protect our animals from poachers, hunters, and killers because there are just TOO MANY OF THEM OUT THERE.

    • I just cannot get my head around the fact that people enjoy killing any living creature. What is wrong with the “human” race?
      Seriously, surely it is so much more rewarding to take photographs or video’s of the magnificence of these creatures than to believe your are some sort of hero.
      Hero, you are not and I just wish that you would open up your eyes and your heart to love the incredible beauty that has been provided for all of us to appreciate.
      Stop breaking hearts!

  2. I WILL BE SO HAPPY IF ALL THE HUNTERS SHOOT EACH OTHER, THE ONLY GOOD HUNTER IS A DEAD HUNTER.

  3. don hughes says:

    Jewel is a die in the wool bureaucrat, she has no empathy for animals at all. Her record speaks for itself.

    • It is NOT Jewel.
      It’s Dan Ashe the director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. This man is an avid hunter and absolutely pro-hunting in all things.
      He is trying to delist everything possible including the grey and Mexican wolf.
      A scandalous pro-hunting appointment by the present administration.

  4. These beautiful creatures deserve too be protected from hunters with every means possible, we have lost far too many of this worlds precious animals, all due to lack of humanity & integrity killing these beautiful creatures is not fun sport or anything good, it is evil & something only a soulless moron of a human would have any part in.

  5. “So many people insist they are against animal abuse, cruelty, suffering and the inhumane treatment of animals, yet they don’t understand they are actively engaging in and supporting egregious suffering, abuse, cruelty and inhumane treatment when they eat animals and their ‘by-products.’ If you are against cruelty, suffering and inhumane treatment, then you go vegan. It’s just that simple.” – Sarah Kiser

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtWO83pf3Mc

  6. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared.

  7. I will continue to harvest bears they feed my family I use the fat for cooking and passed down through generations for certain medical situations the fur is always used nothing goes to waste and

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