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October 24, 2014

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Gov. Brian Sandoval declines to call off state’s first bear hunt

It looks like Nevada’s going on a bear hunt Saturday.

Gov. Brian Sandoval has ignored pleas for him to block Nevada’s first-ever bear hunt, scheduled for Saturday, ending opponents' hopes for a last-minute intervention.

The issue has captured the attention of Northern Nevadans, with opponents to the bear hunt submitting 15,000 signatures to the governor’s office calling for it to be cancelled.

“He supports the (Nevada Wildlife) Commission on this regulation and expects that the information this hunt will yield can ultimately aid in the conservation of wildlife populations, including bears,” according to a statement from Sandoval’s spokeswoman Mary-Sarah Kinner. She said the commission adopted the regulation based on “scientific standards.”

Earlier Monday, a handful of protesters gathered outside the Capitol Building. “We want a stay of execution,” said Kat Simmons, of Gardnerville. “We want him to intervene and stop the hunt.”

The state Wildlife Commission in February gave final approval for the hunt after its biologists said the state’s bear population could support a hunt.

Concerns have been raised by opponents about the proximity to hiking and bike paths to hunting areas; questioned the department’s science; and warned that the bear hunt could scare off tourists or those looking at second homes here. It has also brought out a fondness for the black bears.

The state issued 45 tags to hunters, with the season extending through December. The season will end if 20 bears are “harvested,” or if six female bears are killed. Chris Healy, a spokesman for the Nevada Department of Wildlife, said at least 350 to 400 bears inhabit Nevada, mostly near Lake Tahoe. The population, he said, has been growing.

Other states, including California, have allowed bear hunting for years.

Healy acknowledged that the hunt has received a lot of attention. A bear hunt was last seriously considered in the 1990s, but the department was not confident in its science. “That and social concerns - what people think of a bear hunt” prevented the bear hunt, Healy said.

Since 1997, there have been 307 bear mortalities in Nevada, Healy said. About 150 of those were caused by car accidents; another 91 were killed because of public safety concerns.

Healy said that while the Nevada bear hunt starts Saturday, hunters in other states usually wait until the weather is cooler and the bears have a more robust coat.

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  1. Far better we manage the bear population through hunting, than to allow their population to out grow the areas they naturally roam in.
    I can't think of anything more dangerous for my children than a half starved Mama Bear showing up here in town with a couple of starving cubs in tow rummaging through my trash cans in search of a meal..................

  2. Blessing of Animals

    This custom is conducted in remembrance of St. Francis of Assisi's (1180-1226) love for all creatures.

    "Blessed are you, Lord God, maker of all living creatures. You called forth fish in the sea, birds in the air and animals on the land. You inspired St. Francis to call all of them his brothers and sisters. We ask you to bless this pet. By the power of your love, enable it to live according to your plan. May we always praise you for all your beauty in creation. Blessed are you, Lord our God, in all your creatures! Amen."

    Brian Sandoval, a devote Catholic, should spend time to re-unite with the true Saints and Foundations of the Church, rather then the CEOs that sponsor prayer events and pack Bibles into hotel rooms.

  3. Republicans hate bears. I guess because they look Islamic or something.

    Next is desert donkeys. Because they are synonymous with the Democratic Party's label.

    Nothing is sacred to Republicans.

    They like dogs though. Not sure about cats. Maybe felines are on their hit list next. They gotta build up the propaganda first and sell it though.

  4. A Prayer of Saint Francis for Animals

    God Our Heavenly Father,
    You created the world to serve humanity's needs and to lead them to You.
    By our own fault we have lost the beautiful relationship which we once had with all your creation.

    Help us to see that by restoring our relationship with You, we will also restore it with all Your creation.
    Give us the grace to see all animals as gifts from You,
    and to treat them with respect for they are Your creation.

    We pray for all animals who are suffering as a result of our neglect.
    May the order You originally established be once again restored to the whole world through the intercession of the Glorious Virgin Mary,
    the prayers of Saint Francis and the merits of Your Son,
    Our Lord Jesus Christ Who lives and reigns with You
    now and forever.

    Amen.
    St. Francis of Assisi

  5. so what are we gonna do about all these humans?