OPPOSE HB 6654: Do not allow black bear hunting in Connecticut!
  • Petitioned Daniel Esty, Commissioner

This petition was delivered to:

State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Daniel Esty, Commissioner
Connecticut Governor
Connecticut State Senate
Connecticut State House

OPPOSE HB 6654: Do not allow black bear hunting in Connecticut!

    1. Rachel Gary
    2. Petition by

      Rachel Gary

      Middletown, CT

The black bear population in Connecticut became virtually extinct in the 19th century due to human activities and habitat destruction. The black bear has, only very recently, begun to repopulate its once native habitat. Now, the State of Connecticut is considering providing licenses to hunters to kill black bears in order to reduce the number of bears in the state. The State justifies this consideration based upon purely unscientific evidence that there has been a recent increase bear sightings and human interactions - however, this information is simply hearsay  (i.e. the sightings could have all been the same bear, or a small number of bears sighted often). But the high-priced lottery for these hunting licenses would bring in revenue for the DEEP - essentially, they will be selling the lives of our precious bears for a couple hundred bucks a piece.

Black bears are virtually harmless, non-agressive creatures by nature. With an increase in public education regarding bear safety and proper outdoor food and garbage storage, we can reduce the incidences of black bear sightings and keep the animals safe from harm. We must learn to peacefully co-exist with our wildlife populations, not resort to killing them when we feel uncomfortable or inconvenienced by their presence.

Allowing hunters to kill these harmless animals could place the species on the brink of extinction in Connecticut yet again. Similar hunts allowed in other states have led to disasterous results, including the abuse of hunting priviledges, and resulting in the murder of bear mothers and cubs.

Please do not allow this travesty to occur in Connecticut. Join us in telling the Governor of Connecticut and the Connecticut DEEP that we do NOT want a black bear hunt!

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 2,500 signatures
    2. Great News! Awareness of Plight to Save Connecticut Black Bears Grows!

      Rachel Gary
      Petition Organizer


      Due to your awesome support to save Connecticut's black bears from hunteing, the Humane Society of the United States has decided to support the cause! Click on the link for a great way to take continued action and tell Governor Malloy NOT to allow the killing of the state's beautiful black bears. This is great exposure, and will help put even more pressure on the State on Connecticut to protect it's treasured bear population from hunters.

      But the fight is not over! Please continue to share these petitions with everyone you know. As the CTDEEP and Governor get closer to making a decision about the fate of our bears, our voices will be even more important than ever.

      The bears thank you for all that you do!


    3. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Steven Chilinski MANITOWOC, WI
      • 7 months ago

      I am against the slaughtering of innocent animals so that someone can claim a "trophy"

    • Debbie Hunt WOODBRIDGE, CANADA
      • 8 months ago

      Hunting is not a sport!! is just killing for fun-

    • judy herzog MESA, AZ
      • 8 months ago

      step into the 21st century please

    • Dr. Melvin Brewster SCHURZ, NV
      • 8 months ago

      Because to my People, the Bear is Our Brother!

    • Marquez Morrison TUCSON, AZ
      • 8 months ago

      Because I value the lives of other beings


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