UPDATE: Spring 2022 Black Bear Hunt Suspended in Washington!

Great news! We recently asked you to contact the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to oppose permitting a spring black bear hunt in the state, which takes place just as vulnerable bears are leaving hibernation and new cubs are being born. After receiving comments overwhelmingly opposing a hunt, the WDFW voted in a split decision to suspend next year’s spring black bear slaughter. A big thanks for voicing your concern for bears!

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As we recently shared, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is considering a proposed rule to allow slaughter of majestic black bears in the spring. WDFW has extended the public comment period until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 1, so if you haven’t done so yet, please contact the agency NOW to OPPOSE this hunt!

Bear on a rock© iStock.com/KeithBinns

Black bears are especially vulnerable in the spring, when they’re desperately searching for food after a long hibernation and mothers are caring for cubs, and Washington is one of only eight states that still allows their slaughter during this critical period. Many animals who are hunted are not killed outright but rather run off with grave injuries, ultimately succumbing to blood loss or infection, slowly and unseen. Wild families are torn apart, and orphaned cubs are left to starve. Furthermore, hunting is proved to be simply ineffective at “managing” wild populations.

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