The most remarkable thing about Judge Christensen’s August 30th order (“Judge blocks first grizzly hunts in decades”) was that he acknowledged “The threat of death to individual bears…” Wildlife issues are notorious for bringing out the “population management’ banter in all but the most avid animal advocate. Perhaps through these noble bears we can finally address an animal issue with something other than depersonalization and disinformation…
Over the hundreds of hours I’ve spent photographing grizzly bears I never thought of them as anything less than individuals with their own thoughts, concerns and will to live. Anyone out objectifying them as a trophies is using twisted thinking and doesn’t deserve a say in their future.
No one can honestly say that they have an unmitigable hankering for grizzly bear meat. Clearly it would be nothing more than a trophy hunt. As the world-renowned primatologist Jane Goodall recently put it: If a
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