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California bear hunting: Stop proposal to expand bear hunting!

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Help save California’s black bears!
From Big Wildlife, Los Padres Forest Watch, and The Humane Society of the United States:

“In January, the California Department of Fish and Game unveiled proposed changes to bear hunting regulations that would: allow an unlimited number of bears to be killed across California during the trophy hunting season; permit the use of high-tech global positioning equipment and “tip switches” on hound collars to make it easy to locate and kill a bear; open the first-ever bear hunting season in San Luis Obispo County and expand the trophy hunts in Modoc and Lassen counties; and significantly expand the hound training season, allowing hounds to harass bears nearly all year long.”
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Posted on Wednesday, March 17th, 2010
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BEAR HUNTING: Calif. Fish & Game Commission rejects expanded hunt

In a surprise move, the California Fish and Game Commission decided to reject proposals to expand trophy hunting of black bears across the state.

During a teleconference Tuesday (April 21) morning, the California Department of Fish and Game recommended that the Commission make no changes to bear hunting regulations.

The agency had previously recommended permitting hunters to kill an unlimited number of bears across California and allowing trophy hunting of bears in San Luis Obispo County for the first time. But Tuesday the Department backpedaled on the proposals and the Commission agreed to take no action.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
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Bears? On Mount Diablo?

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For the last month or so, about once a week I’ve been getting calls from people who claim they’ve seen bears on Mount Diablo.

Well, what they’ve been seeing may have LOOKED like bears, but they’re not. What people have been seeing is WILD PIGS, like the one in the above photo.

When viewed from a distance, those big, fat, dark shapes look just like bears … but they’re actually wild pigs. There’s over 100 wild pigs wandering over the sides of our mountain. They’re shy and keep their distance from people, so when we see them it’s usually from afar.

So be aware. That’s not a bear. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2008
Under: Black bears, Mount Diablo, Wild pigs | No Comments »