Stop Killing of WI black bears fall of 2010

Youtube video of black bear hunts:  Here you can see the cruelty of this slaughter of defenseless peaceful bears.
This year, for the fall of 2010, the DNR has issued 8,900 bear kill licenses on black bears and wants 5,235 black bears killed.  This is yet another unprecedented one year increase of 22%, on top of last year's increase of 60%. Two-thirds of the bears killed will be babies 1-2 years old, still denning with their mothers (if they have not been killed).  This will be a bloodbath, with packs of dogs and armed men trespassing private land all over "bear country."  The most bears ever killed before the 4,000 killed in 2009 in one season in Wisconsin were 3100 killed in 1998.   They will be run down by packs of up to 18 dogs (or more, since Wisconsin has the lowest warden to hunter ratio in the country), and shot out of trees.  It will not be humane.  There is a lot of drinking that goes on with hunting and hounding. Or they will be killed over bait piles, as hunters sit in their lounge chairs or tree stands, where the bears have been accustomed to feed, for this purpose.   Bears should not be killed at all.
   These increases in the bear kill are based on a study funded by the Wisconsin Bear Hunters' Association.  The University of Wisconsin professor conducting this study has done other suspect work financed by the head-hunting group, Safari International.  Either the DNR has been totally inept for the past 50 years (I vote for that one) or they are totally inept now (and I fear this is a double whammy) in announcing that suddenly, due to this one study, there are TWICE AS MANY BEARS in Wisconsin as they thought!  
   No hearings were held with alternative population control methods offered.  The solution is always the same for the DNR - a killing spree and more killing licenses for their special hunter and trapper citizen elite.  More money to stock more killing.
   As usual, (as has gone on for 76 years in our state), this year about 4,000 exclusively hunters and trappers proposed expansion of killing and passed it through, without general public input or public knowledge of the hearing/elections.  
   Black bears are highly intelligent, playful, peaceable (far more peaceful then men) beings, and they do not deserve this "man-agement" assault for trophy and recreation.  In Wisconsin, the public still accepts killing for heads on walls, killing for trophy and taxidermy, trapping with conibear, steel jaw, and snare traps - all crimes against nature.  No being, especially our sacred innocent and defenseless wild bears, deserve to be treated so cruelly.
  We, the undersigned citizens of Wisconsin honor our wildlife by protesting this hounding, baiting and killing of our wild bears who intend no harm, and try to live with us in peace.  We treated the indigenous Indians this way - we have created a false hierarchy.    Not so long ago, men hounded black people into trees and hung them. This is the same mentality. It must end with a Department of Natural Resources that, as is its mission statement, PROTECTS our resources (the bears), represents ALL citizens (even the majority who do not kill)  and does not sell our wildlife off for killing to a special interest group. 
   We demand that this form of management stop once and for all, and that we find humane ways to manage bear populations. It causes massive chaos for all citizens living in the area, and disruption of all wildlife.  Since bears hibernate in the winters, we could form a HUMANE FORCE to spay and neuter some bears, if necessary. 
    We, the undersigned, demand that this hunt be ended.  Please attend the annual election of delegates to represent you, sponsored by the DNR the past 76 years.  It is held every year the second Monday in April in every county in Wisconsin at 7 p.m. and you can find the dates in March on the DNR web site under "spring hearings".  Or email me at for more info.
   We, the undersigned citizens of Wisconsin, are writing to protest the killing of our bears who are supposed to be under the guardianship of the Wisconsin DNR, as our commonwealth, charged with PROTECTING our natural resources (the bears and other wildlife).  We petition that democratic processes be put in place to represent all citizens in stewarding our bears and wildlife, not just hunter/trapper exclusive control.  We ask that this massive special interest trophy kill of our wild bears be ended before it begins to cause the suffering and death it will engender.  We ask that hearings on alternative methods of population control be presented to the public for review and comment, and that DEMOCRATIC participation be sought out by the DNR. 
  We petition for the equal rights of non-hunting citizens and bears.  We represent the bears who cannot speak for themselves.  They are defenseless and deserve our protection.  We, the non-killing majority of Wisconsin citizens, are equally voiceless and deserve to be heard and heeded.  We the undersigned thank you for your attention to transforming our DNR into a humane and REPRESENTATIVE system, honoring and protecting our black bears.  Please end this hunt.
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