BEACON TRANSCRIPT – It’s hard to decide how much we should be protecting animals from extinction and how much we should protect ourselves and one of the questions is are bears a danger or in danger?
We mostly fight for animal protection, especially since there are so many endangered species that need our help. Moreover, many of them are endangered because of us. Therefore, it only seems normal that we try to repair the damage.
However, in some cases, there are species’ populations which are growing in numbers so fast it has become difficult to contain them and something must be done to stop these populations from growing.
The same thing is happening to bears in the U.S. Unfortunately, authorities haven’t found a very good solution, or at least not a solution generally accepted in order to control the bear population. Their solution is to organize another bear-hunting season in October, besides the one we already have in December.
The new season will last for 6 days. Three days will be for bow hunting and the other three for both bow and arrow and muzzle-loading guns. Moreover, the hunters will be allowed to take home two bears as long as they are killed in separate seasons.
The biggest bear problem is in New Jersey where the state’s authorities have now caused a sort of uprising by announcing the new hunting season. Besides hunters who are obviously pleased, many ecologists and bear lovers are outraged by the number of planned killings as they believe the bear mass-killing is not necessary.
On the other hand, state officials are trying to minimize bear-human encounters which are happening more and more often due to the increased bear population. Unfortunately, killing bears with bows and arrows might not be the best hunting solution.
Although hunters might find it exciting, it could turn out to be bad for bears that might not be instantly killed and only injured. Besides, it will take longer to decrease the size of the bear population.
Other solutions for the matter should be taken into consideration. For example, bears could be made to fear humans and therefore stop coming into human inhabited areas. Moreover, a strict garbage policy has to be enforced, which will also make it less ‘interesting’ for bears to come out of the forests.
During the December hunting season, 510 bears were killed but there is still an estimated number of 3.500 bears in New Jersey.
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