An experiment has been proposed by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to test if bear snaring will be a feasible method to eradicate bears to boost populations of moose and caribou. Please click here to sign this online petition to show the State of Alaska that there are many people who view bears as more than nuisance animals!
Bucket snares are designed to catch a bear by the paw with a cable noose. The bear may be ensnared for days, and sometimes will chew its foot off to escape. Not only is this sickeningly cruel, but it can present the extreme hazards of seriously injured bears for anyone in the vicinity.
This practice may capture non-target species, such as grizzlies (when black bears are targeted), wolves, and wolverines, as well as female bears with cubs. Any animal captured would have to be killed, including bear cubs when their mother is snared. In addition, baiting bears in man-made buckets, with human scent around it, causes bears who are not captured to associate humans with food.
Sadly, the State of Alaska is still operating under the laws of manifest destiny, which strive to rid the wilderness of bears and other predators to boost populations of game animals. There is no doubt that these practices upset the balance of wildlife populations, and can result in over-browsed, unproductive habitat. Bears and other predators also contribute to the economy of Alaska as attractors to wildlife watchers and people who value true wilderness. The tide is turning slowly, as we are evolving wiser practices of wildlife stewardship. Please show your support.
Petition is sponsored by the Alaska Wildlife Alliance.