NoBearHuntNV is a broad coalition of individuals and organizations opposed to the recently passed regulation allowing Nevada’s small bear population to be hunted. Historically, bears in NV have been protected, until in 2011 the State Wildlife Commission passed a regulation allowing an inaugural bear hunt.
Public opposition to the hunt was overwhelming. Ninety-seven percent of the public comments received by the Commission opposed the hunt, yet the nine members Governor -appointed Commission ignored the public and ruled in favor of the interests of a handful of sport trophy hunters.
While hunters comprise only two percent of Nevada’s population, they control one hundred percent of the decisions regarding wildlife management, as a result of successfully lobbying for laws which assure their majority vote on any decision.
Recognizing the statutory disparity between the public trust doctrine, in which the wildlife of Nevada belongs equally to all citizens, and laws excluding members of the general public from serving on policy setting boards and commissions in any substantive manner, NoBearHuntNV formed as a grass roots organization opposing both the bear hunt and the lack of democratic representation in wildlife management.
NoBearHuntNV registered with the State as a non profit corporation in March, 2011, after meeting informally since November, 2010. All Board of Directors and Officers positions are served by volunteers. The organization is funded entirely by tax-deductible private donations.
Membership is open and includes a broad spectrum of citizens including hunters and non-hunters, Republicans, Independents and Democrats; rural and urban Nevadan’s spanning the state, all of whom share the traditional Nevada values, whereby bears have been protected from hunting.
Please read some of their comments below:
Students Against the Bear Hunt:
(Kat Simmons) A letter from my daughter to Governor Sandoval.
Dr. Governor Sandoval,
I have been reading and learning about Nevada’s first bear hunt these last two years. I am so very sad, that you allowed this to happen to our bears. I learned about how they were protected, because there were only about 150-300, of them, so we took care of them. Then the next thing I read about it how they are being killed. Have you ever spent time around a bear? Well, I have, and I cannot imagine anyone killing them. They are as much a part of my history here as the hawks and eagles, and if someone wanted to start killing them, I am sure you would not allow that. I helped my mom get petitions signed against the hunt. Every weekend we went out, and almost everyone we talked to hated the idea, but you still allowed it to happen. I am also learning in school about government, and how it is suppose to represent the people, but I am not seeing that here in Nevada about our bears. I know for a fact that there are way more people against this, than for it, so why do you let the minority rule you? I do not understand how you can allow the hunters to turn their dogs loose on these bears, and terrify them. The moms sometimes get separated from their cubs, and then the mom gets killed, leaving the cubs on their own. My mom took me to the Lake Tahoe Wild Life Care Center and we got to see three cubs, that were being raised there, because their moms had been killed by hunters. I am too young to vote now, but when I do vote, I will always make sure to vote for someone who has the people’s interests at heart, and looks after our wildlife. I really hope you can help the bears Governor Sandoval, I want them to still be around when I have kids.
Emma Stamper 14
Organizations Against the Bear Hunt:
Nevada’s Native Americans Against the Bear Hunt:
Nevada’s Hunters Against the Bear Hunt :