Activists ask state to call off ‘for sport’ event Nevada’s black bears, driven by drought, fire, and smoke from their habitats in the high country around Lake Tahoe, are about to face another existential threat — hunters. The state’s season for hunting bears begins Sept. 15, but environmental organizations and animal activists are asking the […]
Nevada must put a stop to barbaric bear hunts | Sheila Leslie
This opinion column was submitted by RGJ columnist Sheila Leslie, who served in the Nevada Legislature from 1998 to 2012. If ever there were a time to re-evaluate the decision to allow trophy bear hunting in Nevada, it’s this year. Our unprecedented wildfire season has decimated prime bear habitat, leaving dehydrated and thirsty bears homeless, no […]
Tahoe Tribune Op Ed
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 […]
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Although they all live in North America, American black bears are not closely related to brown bears and polar bears; genetic studies reveal that they split from a common ancestor. Both American and Asiatic black bears are considered sister taxa, and are more closely related to each other than to other species of bear. A […]