LETTER FROM JIM ROBERTSON, C.A.S.H. PRESIDENT – SUMMER 2018

Jim Robertson, Author, Ethical Photographer, President of C.A.S.H.
In the last issue of the Courier I covered the plight of wolves on the continent throughout history, especially since their hasty removal from the US Endangered Species List and the resumption of sport hunting of them by anyone with a chip on their shoulder and an unwholesome urge to do away with the perceived competition for “their” deer or elk.

Not to sound repetitive, but the American grizzly bears’ story is sadly amazingly similar, right down to the planned trophy hunting of them now that they’ve also been removed from the Endangered Species list and left unprotected from “sportsmen” seeking a brag-worthy thrill-kill.

As you’ll read in the upcoming articles, not only are grizzly bears under the same guns in the continental U.S., but now Alaska has revealed its own brand of animal cruelty to add to the sadistic mix. Only British Columbia, Canada has put a stop to sport-hunting of the undeserving ursines.

As though worked into a bear-killing lather, local media in Idaho and Wyoming bombarded their followers on June 15th with headlines like, “Idaho hunters can apply for grizzly bear hunting tag” and “Wyoming Opens Hunt for Grizzly Bears.” Not to be outdone, on the very next day (June 16th), Montana—the one grizzly bear hunting holdout—announced, “Grizzly committee to vote on delisting strategy for northwest Montana bears.”

Some of the less cynical of you might have earlier been fooled by Montana’s initial reluctance to allow hunting of the (until recently) threatened and therefor protected bears, but it turns out they weren’t the more evolved of the three Northern Rocky Mountain states, they were just waiting for their other population of grizzlies to catch up with the Yellowstone population and lose their federal protection… (Now, they too have announced a fall grizzly hunt.)

Reading on, you’ll learn just how fortunate North America’s grizzly bears are to find themselves still living in the lower 48 at this point in history, considering early settlers’ concerted efforts to eradicate them. You can also read C.A.S.H.’s recent comments to the U.S. Department of the Interior concerning their proposed tactics planned for wolves, grizzly bears and other wild-living national treasures on our public lands in Alaska.

Please stay in touch with C.A.S.H. about what you can do now to help hunted wildlife. We’ll be starting a new section on our new site that will launch soon. Meanwhile, please contact me directly at Jim@abolishsporthunting.org and feel free to follow C.A.S.H.’s new blog at
https://committeetoabolishsporthunting.wordpress.com/

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