Innocent Bears being Baited Trapped Tormented, Separated from their Family, & Killed

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Stop another helpless, innocent, passive, naturally afraid, California Black Bear from being tortured, and from being Killed! Please sign this petition.

Please sign to stop this cruelty and help protect other bears from the same inhumane cruel and unusual abuse and killings. These innocent bears are being baited, trapped, tormented, horrifically separated from their family, needlessly removed from their home, and then merciless killed if deemed "appropriate" to murder them.

1 bear (at least) was already baited and trapped Thursday night (Sept 17, 2020) crying out in fear all night, scared, as she was caged in a metal box on wheels after she crawled in through the large opening while simply following the scent of food - it was then when the large heavy metal door slammed closed from above behind her with its big frightening bang - now in terrible fear, sadness, confusion, she was confined, separated from her family, and to then be faced with more fear by being hooked up to a truck and unnaturally driven away from her home in Agate Bay, California, only to find herself alone, away from where and what she knows, away from her family with no family, isolated, scared... This poor bear was the "lucky" one because she wasn't the "right" bear according to California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW). The "right" bear according to CDFW is going to be killed. Needless torture and displacement for this innocent bear, other bears that are simply attracted by the scent of food/not hurting a soul, and for the "right" bear that's to also be killed. Pure cruelty.

You see, right now, 3 traps sit baited by the CDFW in Agate Bay, California, because a man in Lake Tahoe reportedly approached, aggravated (perhaps by blocking the bear from escape, trying to get a selfie with the bear, harassing the bear), and provoked the bear in very close proximity to the bear making the bear fearful and forcing the bear to protect itself by possibly biting or scratching this man/assailant. The man is well and good, yet, he is demanding the bear be KILLED. Though this man is fine, and, moreover, caused the bear to act in fear, in self defense, CDFW is yet again succumbing to the human's demands. They are not protecting our family of bears. They are literally and deliberately terrorizing them, dismantling them, and killing them by coercing them, and doing so using extreme measures and force. 

For instance, as mentioned, not just 1 but 3 traps were set and baited to inhumanely capture, confine, isolate, and terrorize bears for the "right"  bear to then be unmercifully killed. At least 1 bear has been trapped - now possibly 2. Which, at the very least, tortures and displaces that bear. And, at the very worst, tortures, displaces and kills that bear. 

These bears are California Black Bears. They are NOT aggressive. They are passive in nature. They will defend themselves and their cubs if threatened - just as you would. They are NOT grizzly bears. They are naturally afraid and can be scarred off without harm to them or yourself - simple loud noises in fact. They are also very smart, learn where food is available, and return to eat available food - just like you would if your food source was scarce. However, they are still non-violent and can be scarred away from food too - unlike some of us humans who get violent over toilet paper (among many things). Be Bear Aware: http://www.savebears.org/

CDFW even states on their website, "Black bear attacks are rare in California and typically are defensive in nature because the bear is surprised or defending cubs;... 
Female black bears will often send cubs up a tree and leave the area in response to a perceived threat. Do not remain in the area – when you leave, she will come back for her cubs."

Around this time last year, another innocent bear was purposely lured time and time again by a Tahoe Vista full-time-generational resident. He didn't like that the bear kept showing up after he was done getting his kicks - though he attracted, created and caused the bears behavior of repeat visits. He didn't accept accountability or responsibility. Instead, he demanded that the bear be killed, obtained a "depredation permit" from CDFW (yes the same agency), had a trap placed - and did so quietly to prevent opposition. Plus, the CDFW did not properly investigate the man's claims, the man's actions, or the bear that the baited, trapped, tormented and killed. No. Instead, an innocent bear was sadly trapped, separated from her/his family, confined, scared, and tortured the last day of her/his life to then be brutally murdered. Turned out, that bear wasn't the bear that man maliciously lured and then complained about it. Yet he still had that bear terrorized and killed out of his own heinous malicious actions.

Lets not let this happen again. But its about to unless we stop it.

Worse yet is that this baiting, trapping, torture, killing of bears is "normal" for the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. 6 to 8 bears have already suffered such torture and murder so far - during this early season alone. Despicable. Shameful. Disgusting.

Lets not allow this any longer. Lets STOP this cruelty, together.

No bear, no one, deserves such a tragic torturous terrible abuse and end of life killing. This is utterly unacceptable. This goes beyond giving and showing mercy. This is a bears right, at the very least.

These bears are only trying to survive. We encroached on them and their territory. We adversely impacted their homes, shelter, food and water sources, migration, family. This is their country. This is Bear Country. We chose to live here. They have no choices. They already suffer because of our choices. We degrade and deplete what they vitally need to survive -their lives (literally). We have a duty to support them instead, not kill them - at the very least. People that visit and live in bear county have a responsibility to understand these truths, be compassionate, and be bear aware. Not make it worse, harder, or unlivable for the bears. Not to be bear killers.

Please support our bears by signing this petition to stop the heinous malicious torture on them. And, contact:

  • CDFW, Bear Trapping Program, Jordan Traverso 916-654-9937,  Jordan.traverso@wildlife.ca.gov
  • CDFW North Central Region 916-358-2900,  916-445-0380

    1416 9th Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814
    Mailing: P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

    (916) 445-0411
  • California Governor Gavin Newsom
    1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Phone: (916) 445-2841
    Fax: (916) 558-3160
  • Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak, State Capitol Building
    101 N. Carson Street
    Carson City, NV 89701
    Phone: (775) 684-5670
    Fax: (775) 684-5683
  • Nevada Department of Wildlife6980 Sierra Center Pkwy #120
    Reno, NV 89511
    Phone: (775) 688-1500
    Fax: (775) 688-1495 
    Email: ndowinfo@ndow.org

Please also report any concerns, sittings of traps, gun shots used to scare bears away, etc, to our local admirable Bear League that watches over our bears, fights to stop this cruelty, and supports, advocates and teaches living in harmony with bears http://www.savebears.org

Lets speak for those without a voice. Lets be the bears' voice before its too late. Thank You!