Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Killing Bears For Fun In Virginia

October 16th, 2007 4:56 pm by Kelly Garbato

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Date: Oct 14, 2007 9:39 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Killing Bears For Fun In Virginia

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10/14/07: Killing Bears For Fun In Virginia
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Urge Virginia Governor to Cancel Black Bear Hunt on National Wildlife Refuge
http://ga0.org/campaign/gdsnwr2/nqye6577x?

Urge Wildlife Agencies to Cancel Black Bear Hunt on National Wildlife Refuge
http://ga0.org/campaign/gdsnwr1/nqye6577x?

Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan

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Governor Timothy Kaine
Office of the Governor, 14th Floor
One Capitol Square, 830 E. Main Street
Richmond, VA 23219
ph: 804-371-0840 * fax: 804-371-0935
web feedback form: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/AboutTheGovernor/contactGovernor.cfm

Suzanne Baird, Refuge Manager
The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
3100 Desert Road
Suffolk, Virginia 23434
ph: 757-986-3705 * email: greatdismalswamp [at] fws.gov

Marvin Moriarty, Regional Director
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Regional Office
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035-9589
ph: 413-253-8200 * fax: 413-253-8308
email: northeast [at] fws.gov

Dear Governor Kaine, Ms. Baird and Mr. Moriarty:

I am disappointed the Great Dismal Swamp Wildlife Refuge will renew its two-day black bear hunt in Virginia, despite last year’s widespread disapproval. I understand the November 30 and December 1, 2007 hunt will allow twice as many shooters each day and an expanded kill zone.

I ask Governor Kaine to publicly oppose this needless slaughter, intended solely for recreation. The controversial hunt caters to trophy hunters, a marginal interest group. Nationally, consumptive wildlife practices such as hunting and trapping have steadily declined since the 1970s. Conversely, the more lucrative trend in non-consumptive wildlife watching, hiking, bird watching, etc. has risen considerably.

With regard to bear control and human safety, I urge Governor Kaine to advocate education and prevention instead of slaughter. Public learning programs, aversive conditioning and bear-proof trash and food containment have demonstrated far more long-term value than killing wildlife. Bears are less prone to wander off the Refuge in search of discarded food if they don’t have access to garbage.

I also ask the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to cancel this black bear hunt. FWS has neglected to fulfill its legal obligation to assess the environmental impacts of a hunt — instead referencing two black bear studies that both advised a moratorium until more data was evaluated. One author even suggested a bear hunt could worsen a decline in genetic diversity. These studies indicate bear numbers are already compromised by genetic uncertainties, along with habitat deterioration beyond Refuge borders.

I call upon the Governor and wildlife agencies to resolve human-bear conflicts through education and enforcement of proper waste disposal. Conscientious citizens do not support the harassment and slaughter of wildlife. I look forward to your response to my letter.

Sincerely,

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