Target: Mike Madel, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks grizzly bear management specialist
Goal: Stop the unjust killing of grizzly bears by using a different method to handle bear encounters.
Wildlife authorities shot and killed a female grizzly bear who had been killing a nearby rancher’s sheep. The bear was only 6.5 years old. Grizzly bears live to be 20-25 years old in the wild.
The grizzly killed sheep at the same ranch the previous year so she and her two cubs were relocated before making their way back to their original home. Female grizzly bears are not usually removed or killed until they have been in conflicts at least three times, but this bear was killed after just two.
This grizzly bear should not have had to die simply because a human decided to have a ranch near the bear’s territory. There must be other options besides killing these beautiful creatures. Demand officials come up with an alternate way to handle bear encounters so more grizzlies don’t have to die.
Dear Mr. Madel,
Your team recently decided that the only way to handle a grizzly bear who kept having encounters with nearby sheep was to shoot and kill the bear. This bear was a mother of two and now she’s dead. Rather than waiting the normal three strikes or coming up with an alternate way to handle the bear, you chose to take an innocent animal’s life.
This is an unnecessary tragedy that must be prevented in the future. I urge you to please come up with an alternate way to handle bears in these kinds of situations rather than killing them.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Gregory Smith