Starting Monday, Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is once again allowing Maryland’s black bears to be trophy hunted in Western Maryland. Like last year, there will be no quotas on the total number of bears the hunters can kill. They killed a record number of 95 bears in 2015 just in Garrett and Allegany Counties, up from 69 bears killed in 2014.
This year DNR expanded the hunt to include Washington and Frederick counties, too, with 750 hunters awarded lottery driven permits to participate.
- Even the baby bears, called cubs, are legal game. Some being killed in the past were under 6 months old.
- Children can hunt, too, the same as adults wielding high-powered rifles as weapons assuming they have the proper licenses. Tough to get? Well, five year olds have passed the necessary Maryland “Hunter Education Requirements.”
- In addition, hunters may use bows and arrows as killing instruments: A practice requiring them to hit the bear with an arrow, then wait and track it after it suffers from its wound while “bleeding out.” Assuming the hunter can find the bear at all after it runs away hurt.
Maryland’s black bears are depending on us. Call Governor Hogan’s office at 410-974-3901.
Let’s put an end to the black bear trophy hunt in Maryland!
Lisa has a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA in Marketing and Advertising from Tulane University. Lisa is the owner of Gebco Insurance Associates and Triumph Insurance Agency and is a Certified Yoga Instructor.
A lover of all animals, Lisa has rescued two dogs, four pet lab rats, six cats, two hamsters, and two guinea pigs.
A mother of four, Lisa has chaired fundraising campaigns and been an active board member of the Parents' Associations at her children's schools. She became politically active in animal issues when her youngest child started volunteering at the shelter where they adopted their two cats.
Lisa is dedicated to passing laws that will make Maryland a leader in the humane treatment of all animals - companion, farm, and wildlife.
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