Letter: Hunting is not an effective tool to reduce bear conflicts

Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting Blog


  • Apr 21, 2021

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To the editor: Bears are exiting their winter dens, so it’s the perfect time for Protect Our Wildlife’s new bear report titled, “Vermont Black Bears and How to Effectively Manage Conflict” that can be found on theirwebsiteprotectourwildlifevt.org/.The report is the product of a five-month-long project launched by an Environmental Sciences student at the University of Vermont and was overseen by Protect Our Wildlife. Contributors to the report also include a Stowe resident with a Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics with post-doctoral research experience from Harvard Medical School, as well as an ecologist, and other experts with varied backgrounds.

The report touches on a number of matters from possible reasons why there was such a dramatic increase in bear complaints reported to VT Fish & Wildlife in 2020…

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