Attack On Bear And Bobcat Hunting Continues

July 2, 2012

Happy monday.

As mentioned here and other places last week, there is no time to rest on the laurels of success after stopping the passage of SB 1221.  The bill to ban hunting bear bobcats with hounds narrowly failed to make it out of the Assembly last week, thanks to the calls and presence of CA hunters.  But it ain’t dead yet… the bill is being heard again soon.

This, from the US Sportman’s Association:

California Senate Bill 1221, banning the use of dogs to hunt bear and bobcats, is scheduled to be heard in the Assembly Committee on Water, Parks, and Wildlife on Tuesday, June 26th at 9 a.m. in Room 4202.

The bill, sponsored by the nation’s largest anti-hunting organization –the Humane Society of the United States– has already passed out of the California Senate.

Bear and bobcat hunting with hounds is a humane and effective means to hunt bear and bobcat, helping control the state’s growing bear populations. Nearly 60 percent of the states that have bear hunting seasons allow the use of dogs and 70 percent of states that have more than 2,000 bears (like California) allow them.

“This bill is just the latest assault on hunters by the anti-hunting lobby’s biggest player, HSUS,” said Evan Heusinkveld, U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance director of state services. “The bill ignores sound science and only serves to further the group’s ultimate goal of banning all hunting. California sportsmen need to do all they can to try and stop this bill.”

Take Action! California sportsmen must contact their state assembly members today and tell them to vote NO on Senate Bill 1221. Visit USSA’s Legislative Action Center to find your state assembly member’s contact information.


One Response to “Attack On Bear And Bobcat Hunting Continues”

  1. Neil on July 7th, 2012 08:31

    Thanks for keeping this in view, Phillip. This type of politicization of wildlife management has a pretty bad track record and furthers a bad precedent.

    Speaking of which, did you follow the recent lion attack on a sleeping camper in CA last week?

    It will be interesting, once these houndsmen are gone, how tagging of wildlife and tracking of problem animals will happen. Does DFG even operate their own packs of hounds? I can only find reference to their K9 program.