In a shocking display of disregard for public values, the Nevada Wildlife Commission voted on Jan. 27 to expand the 2018 bear hunt, adding two more hunt units and expanding the time hunters can kill bears to before sunrise and after sunset.
Commissioner and hunter Brad Johnston railroaded the expansion through by amending the areas recommended by NDOW and approved by the County Advisory Boards for Wildlife. The hunter dominated commission all voted to support the expansion, except for public representative Kerstan Hubbs and conservation representative Dave McNinch. Without offering any supportive data for the expansion, NDOW biologist Pat Jackson rubber stamped the proposal, further solidifying NDOW’s misguided “killing is conservation” management strategy.
Tahoe Daily Tribune Feb 9, 2018 attached. Thank you to the Tahoe Tribune for publishing my op ed.