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  • Petitioned California Department of Fish and Game

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California Department of Fish and Game

Give the Ojai Bear Clemency

    1. Joseph Grier
    2. Petition by

      Joseph Grier

      Ventura, CA

The California Department of Fish and Game plans to capture and euthanize one of our very few local black bears after a minor attack on a woman who came too close to her and her cub while walking three dogs.

The article is here:http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/10/game-wardens-will-try-to-track-down-bear-that-attacked-woman-in-ojai.html

I have started this petition to ask the California Department of Fish and Game to reconsider and let our fellow local Ojai resident live. The bear, according to the article did not viciously attack and maul this woman. She was simply protecting her baby and warning the woman to back off. Any human mother would protect their child if they believed them to be in danger. The Bear could have very easily finished the woman off, however they are very docile creatures, and it obviously had no intent of causing the woman any further injury.
There are very few bears left in the Southern Los Padres National forest, and it is a miracle she was able to find a mate at all. Euthanizing the mother bear will certainly mean the slow starvation and death of her cub as well.
California Department of Fish and Game, the authority bestowed upon you by the state government is meant for the protection and management of our native wildlife species. Not for the unnecessary further eradication of threatened species our fore fathers so blindly brought to the edge of extinction. Please, let the bear live. They only want to be left alone in the very small portion of their original habitat that remains. Please let the people of Ojai cling to one of the few natural beauties that remain the difference between our small town mountain community and the concrete jungle of the Southern California Metropolis. Please don't let our local black bear go the way of her Golden and Grizzly cousins. Please let the bear live.
Anonymous woman who suffered the attack, I know you are injured and it may be hard to see past what must have been a horrifying experience, but I hope you can understand that the bear was only acting to protect its cub and didn't wish to harm you unnecessarily. I know your stance on this will have no bearing on the actions taken by the Department of Fish and Game, but nonetheless, I would like to ask you to come forward and join us in disapproval of this bear's euthanization. We certainly don't hold you accountable for this short sighted government policy, but please, stand up and let them hear your voice as well.
People of Ventura county, my friends and neighbors, please join together in support of this bears life, and don't sit on your hands and allow this autrocity to occur. Sign this petition, and tell the Department of Fish and Game we aren't okay with you executing one of our local residents!

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. Final part.

      Joseph Grier
      Petition Organizer

      What this means in plain language is that if there is human/bear contact that causes injuries we must take action, and unfortunately for the bear that action is to euthanize them.

      If this woman was attacked and injured in the exact same way by another person the police would be on the lookout for the attacker and would be arrested for assault, even attempted murder. We took that same action this weekend to try and locate the offending bear.
      I know some of this may not be what you want to hear but as the agency responsible for the State’s diverse wildlife we have to make painful and difficult choices sometimes. Luckily it worked out well this time and that people who live in bear country can use this as a lesson and be more “bear aware” in the future.

      My personal slogan is “It’s not a bear problem, it’s a people problem.”

      Thank you for your time, if you want to discuss this further please fell free to contact me at the below number or reply to this e-mail.

    3. Part three

      Joseph Grier
      Petition Organizer

      I know she was “only protecting her cub” or “only doing what is natural” but our policy is clear;

      Consistent with Section 1801 of the Fish and Game Code, these Public Safety Wildlife Guidelines provide procedures to address public safety wildlife problems. Mountain lions, black bears, deer, coyotes, and large exotic carnivores which have threatened or attacked humans are wildlife classified as public safety problems.

      In the event of an attack, the responding Department employee may take any action necessary that is within the scope of the employee's authority to protect public safety. When evidence shows that a wild animal has made an unprovoked attack on a human, that wild animal shall be humanely euthanized (shot, killed, dispatched, destroyed, etc.).

    4. Continued dfg letter

      Joseph Grier
      Petition Organizer

      An important point right at the beginning is that no one in the department of Fish and Game ever wants to destroy an animal, but sometimes we have to make the difficult choices. The safety of the public is the first and highest priority of any law enforcement agency and our actions this weekend are consistent with that.

      First the best news, the bear and her cub left the area and have not been seen since, DFG ceased our trapping operations about noon yesterday. There were also reports in the media that we were “hunting” the bear with guns and dogs and that is completely false. The wardens set three traps and took no further action. We have no further actions planned and this case is closed.

      To address the attack and the department’s policies. Game wardens met with the victim and confirmed that she was in fact attacked by a 250-pound California Black Bear, the circumstances of the attack are not relevant to department policy.

    5. Response from DFG

      Joseph Grier
      Petition Organizer

      Yesterday afternoon I received this email response to my original letter to Fish and Game. I thought it appropriate to share their explanation with you all to keep the bears' supprters fully updated. Thanks again everyone for your continued support. Whether their reasons for calling off the search had anything to do with our public outcry or not is irrelevant. The bears are alive and well.

      Good Afternoon Joseph,

      Thank you for writing to the California Department of Fish and Game with your concern over the bear attack this weekend in Ojai. My name is Andrew and I am a Public Information Officer with the department. It’s my responsibility to speak to the media, and the public about department issues, policies and events.

      I am writing to you to clear up the bear issue this weekend and keep you informed of the department’s policies and the law when things like this happen.

    6. Reached 100 signatures

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    • Camille Alfaro BLUE JAY, CA
      • 11 months ago

      these animals deserve to be here and live as well. You take risks when you go into there territory.

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    • KARIN GEE SPRINGVILLE, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Animals need people to speak for them because they can't!

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    • Sara Pemberton SUMMERVILLE, SC
      • almost 2 years ago

      This bear deserves to live!!!

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    • Rhian Parker N SOMERSET, UNITED KINGDOM
      • almost 2 years ago

      The lady was walking in bears territory,not hers.

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    • Susan Griffiths KLAGENFURT, AUSTRIA
      • almost 2 years ago

      To kill this animal would be mire than an over reaction.: it would be an excuse!

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