Legalized Hunting – Is It the Answer to Connecticut’s Growing Bear Population?
Yes we have a problem with bears around Connecticut, but is this really the answer?
Personally, I just don't think hunting bears is right, but we certainly do have an issue with them in Connecticut, so it comes as no surprise to me that the idea is being put out there.
We certainly have covered stories, time and time, and time again, about the problem of the bear population in Connecticut. The ever growing population is raising concern. When you keep in mind that there have been over six thousand bear sightings in Connecticut in the last year, and with the population estimated at 700, confrontation with people is no surprise.
The Hartford Courant reports that some wildlife experts suggesting that bear hunting should be legalized. Here's something you might not know. I learned from the article that Connecticut is the only state in the Northeast with a significant bear population that doesn’t allow bear hunting.
Jason Hawley, a veteran wildlife biologist with the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, had this to say about what he believes is an important outcome of the hunting to the Hartford Courant:
installing a natural fear of humans, which is a good thing. Connecticut bears have no fear of humans
So, do we take a "wait and see" approach, or legalize? As you would expect, animal rights activists say no to hunting with the belief that non lethal measures should be taken instead. I know the old adage about "closing the barn door after the horse has bolted" but in this instance, I'm thinking I side with the activists.
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