Hunter Condemns Black Bear to Suffer All Night with Arrow Wound
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During New Jersey's infamous black bear hunt, which occurred this past weekend, a huntress published on social media how she got her first black bear with an arrow at 1:00 PM in the afternoon. Her husband then saw the bear still very much alive at 5:30 PM that day, and between the two of them they decided to NOT track or trail the bear to put him out of his misery, but instead to allow him to "lay all night"; agonizing with an arrow through his body. Who knows why.....maybe it was getting dark and trailing the bear would have been inconvenient. Or one could speculate that it was dinner time and they were hungry. Whatever reason they had does not excuse what they failed to do-- once you hit an animal with an arrow or a bullet it is your OBLIGATION to track and trail that animal to make sure there is no undue suffering, and you make that 'kill shot." Can you imagine the excruciating pain the bear endured hour upon hour at the hands of these callous and irresponsible hunters.
The next day, the huntress, Lisa Wortmann Robillard, and her husband Eddie Robillard, set the dog out to find the wounded bear; which he did find about 300 yards away. In her post she thanks her dog for finding the bear --- "my first bear....I'm so happy"! She WAS so happy and so proud that she herself posted this outrageous and sad scenario on social media, along with photos of her hugging the dead bear, like he was a giant toy teddy bear. Mrs. Robillard outed herself and her husband on Facebook for the cruel and immoral hunters that they are.
In addition if one doesn't care about the agony of the bear -- isn't a wounded bear said to be a dangerous bear?? What if another human had crossed the path of this wounded, frightened bear ---would he have reacted with his last bit of strength and attacked that human? Seems the answer could easily be 'yes'.
I ask you for a review of this case and it's legality. Myself and the undersigned request that it be illegal to abandon an animal after wounding the animal. We also ask that the hunting licenses for Mr. and Mrs. Robillard be suspended indefinitely.
This is animal cruelty at his height; it matters not if the animal is domesticated or wild. No living being, in this case the black bear should have to suffer for a lengthy time because the hunters didn't have the fortitude to assist this suffering animal out of the misery they caused.
Many hunters and trappers have, for too long, used the cloak of the forest and natural areas to hunt they way they see fit without abiding by ethical behavior.
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