Save Black Bears From Being Shot and Killed

Black-bear-Yellowstone-NP-2008-By-Jim-Martin

Target: Mark McKee, Mayor of Revelstoke, Canada, and Revelstoke City Council Members

Goal: Implement methods to deter black bears from wandering too close to human habitats instead of killing them.

Nine black bears were shot because they wandered too close to people, yet this sad scenario could have likely been avoided if citizens would have had less things outside to attract the animals. We need to take action in order to ensure that such a tragedy is prevented in the future.

Conservation officer Dan Bartol expressed his dismay about having to shoot a bear that walked too close to a toddler and further went on to explain that most citizens in Revelstoke, Canada do not have bear-proof trash cans. He then explained that fruit trees owned by people in the area provided the bears with an easy food source.

If government officials and citizens work together to implement bear deterrents, either less or no other bears will likely have to be killed for endangering the lives of people. Urge officials to provide citizens with bear-proof trash cans, to limit the amount of fruit trees citizens are allowed to have and to educate citizens as to why taking such steps is important in an effort to save as many bears as possible.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mayor McKee,

Recently, nine black bears were killed because they walked too close to areas where humans dwell. Unfortunately, taking such drastic measures could have potentially been avoided if deterrents had been put in place to keep the animals away. It is important that such steps are taken in the future in order to ensure that many bears will be saved.

A conservation officer named Dan Bartol was disheartened when he had to help shoot the bears. He explained that because a majority of citizens do not have bear-proof trash cans, bears are often attracted to the area. Bartol also explained that bears usually wander onto peoples’ properties in order to eat the fruit off of their trees.

If citizens were provided with bear-proof trash cans, were limited to the amount of fruit trees that they were allowed to grow in their yards and were further educated as to why taking such steps was crucial, there is a good chance that shooting these beautiful animals could be avoided in the future. I therefore urge you to take the above steps in order to ensure that black bears will be able to thrive.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Jim Martin

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19 Comments

  1. Karen Carney Karen Carney says:

    WE are moving into THEIR space! If you don’t want to be bothered by bears and other wildlife DON’T MOVE THERE! Humans are the sole reason our wildlife is in danger of extinction because of our encroachment. The government needs to set boundaries to protect our wildlife.

  2. Why is it that when some animal becomes a “problem”, the first solution is to kill it? Killing is NEVER the answer.
    Education and common sense is the only way to go.
    And STOP habitat destruction and invading the ONLY place animals can call home. Humans have choices – animals do not.

  3. we need the bears now. end the killings.

  4. “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

  5. Education is the answer! All creatures have rights and as we are supposedly the intelligent life form, then we have to adapt our lifestyles to accommodate all living creatures. Man has this planet on loan. We are guardians of a privileged world and if we have to adapt and accommodate, then so be it. We do not have the right to take ANY life.

  6. haven’t bears suffered enough! We are SUPPOSED to be the intelligent ones but everyday I read something else about cruelty and abuse to animals and can’t believe that justice never seems to be dished out! You must stop this it can’t and shouldn’t happen

  7. Stop killing innocent bears because of the actions of stupid, negligent humans!!!!

    Why isn’t it a law that residents are required to have bear-proof trashcans?! Why are humans allowed to grow multiple fruit trees attracting bears?

    Humans move into the wild habits of bears, attract them with food, and then are surprised when the animals need and want to eat?! And, then F&W KILLS these helpless creatures because they get too close to their feeders?!

    THIS INSANITY MUST END! IF HUMANS WANT TO INVADE THE HOME TERRITORY OF BEARS, THEN THEY MUST STOP THEIR NEGLIGENT BEHAVIOR OF ATTRACTING THEM AND THEN BEING RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR DEATHS! F&W MUST STOP KILLING WILDLIFE BECAUSE OF HUMAN STUPIDITY!

    Why don’t humans move somewhere else, so they won’t be responsible for the extinction of our precious wildlife?!

  8. What an absolute tragedy! I am so sick of the selfish cowards who wont share God’s Creation with the wonderful wildlife He made for it! What about we who want wildlife? I think we may be the majority! There is also a democracy issue at stake here too, then!

  9. Joanne Folkins says:

    Bear Aware, please. You know that is supposed to be the BC way. If people do NOT follow the recommendations re: storing and BBQ’s, FINE them to the max stated in the law (or create bylaws that have massive fines. Me? I think $1000/ infraction might get people to behave appropriately.)

  10. There are dozens of options that don’t evolve killing bears it’s just easier for lazy ass authorities to shoot them. It’s disgraceful behavior! We are meant to care for the animals and world around us NOT destroy it!

  11. Cecelia Nelson says:

    WE destroy THEIR homes, people think it’s “cute” to feed them, Y because WE’RE to LAZY to clean up OUR CRAP, the bears pay the price…. SHAME ON US for our ABUSE, TORTURE & KILLING of INNOCENT animals

  12. All over the world the human race have taken over animals habitat. Where are they all to go. Wildlife should be protected not killed. Find ways to live alongside these animals in safety without killing them

  13. DO THE RIGHT THING — choose the path of life — DO NOT KILL THESE BEARS — their lives have value — they have every RIGHT to live — opt for more creative ways to ensure bears and humans do NOT make contact — whatever your decision, DO NOT MURDER THESE BEARS — let them live!

  14. Julie Bates says:

    Fucking humans take over every inch of this earth….where on gods green earth are the animals to go ????? WE have encroach on THEIR lands ..

  15. Bears are dangerous to humans and their property. Of course we must attempt to keep people safe. Of course, life cannot be made safe from all danger. It is our world as much as it is the bears’ world. No lands belong to the bears. It all belongs to the gods and we all attempt to survive. Notice I said this without having to use curse words.

  16. They don’t want Juno to despoil Jupiter’s moons because they may support life – what life and why; when you kill everything on earth that isn’t human, whether it is endangered or not. So which life are we hoping that these alien moons will support and why must the whole space progress thing run parallel to the total destruction of the earth as nature gave it to us? Men in grey suits who have discarded the brains nature gave them in favour of death and destruction. The legacy of the 21st Century – or simply Agenda 21 in action. You would be very hard-pressed to deny it.

  17. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared❗️😠

  18. LAST INFANTILE AND GREED SCUM – NOT DESERVES TO LIVE WITHIN CIVILIZED SOCIETIES IN OUR ALL WORLD – ALL OF THESE CRIMINAL RABBLE IS BETTER DEATH and NOT DISTURB THE REST OF THE WORLD POPULATION AND FUTURE GENERATIONS WITH THEIR USELESS EXISTENCE, BASTARDBIRTH´!
     
    Stop & pursue this deformity  –  instantly!
     
    Not humane than barbaric, really stupid and worthless criminal and ignorant ASSHOLES, which should be caged for their whole lives! Or not?
                                               
    DEMAND THEM TO  START     TO     P A Y     R E D E M P T I O N    TO     FUTURE    GENERATIONS, THESE ASSHOLES!
     

  19. Typical! Killing is cheap & a quick way to take care of things.
    There should be funding for relocation available. Relocation must be now further than ever as increasing population movement puts pressure on our environment. Flying over BC it shows how many holes are hacked into the forest – and voila – another suburb is born. Most of them don’t care about the animals.

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