Letter: Despite widespread public opposition, the state Wildlife Commission has approved a fourth consecutive bear hunt. The bear travesty has been layered on top of multiple killing seasons for big-game and other fur-bearing species.
The Commission claims it uses ‘science’ to make its wildlife killing decisions, but not one shred of actual science was presented to support the need for this annual slaughter. The real decision drivers: hunter opportunity and convenience.
Wildlife already faces significant survival challenges in the midst of extended drought and encroaching development. Should sport hunting and trapping proceed, fueled by a few Nevadans seeking lethal amusement and ego bolstering, without due consideration of other values?
The probability that this Commission will ever give wildlife minimal consideration is remote because hunters/trappers hold five of the nine seats. Without statutory changes, less than 2 percent of Nevadans will continue to control 57 percent of the Commission seats. The situation is similarly dismal at the invisible county advisory boards to manage wildlife, where just one person is allowed to participate without purchasing wildlife killing licenses.
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