Thursday, June 11, 2009

Big Wildlife E-News: Issue 9, June 12, 2009

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IN THIS ISSUE:
*INTERNATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO eBAY – MONDAY, JUNE 15
*BOBCATS IN NEVADA THREATENED BY TRAPPING
*"CONTROL KILLS" OF GRIZZLY BEARS OUT OF CONTROL ON BC'S CENTRAL COAST


INTERNATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO eBAY – MONDAY, JUNE 15
Big Wildlife, along with the Alaska Wildlife Alliance and Raincoast Conservation, has urged eBay to halt the sale of trophy hunts of lions, leopards, bears, wolves, and other large predators on its website. To date, eBay has refused to ban the trophy hunts from its site. Click here to read more about our eBay campaign.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
*On Monday, June 15 urge eBay to stop posting these cruel trophy hunt sales.

Ebay employees to contact:
Jack Christin, eBay Senior Regulatory Counsel
Phone: 408-376-5145
Cell: 408-679-3621
Email: jchristin@ebay.com

Terri Deanzo, eBay, Office of the President
Phone: 408-376-7400 (After dialing number, you will hear a recording. Press "0." An automated voice message will ask you to spell the person's last name. Key in "Deanzo.")
Email: csme@ebay.com

Amy Skoczlas-Cole, eBay's Global Citizenship Group
Phone: 408-376-7400 (After dialing number, you will hear a recording. Press "0." An automated voice message will ask you to spell the person's last name. Key in "Skoczlas.")
Email: askoczlascole@ebay.com


BOBCATS IN NEVADA THREATENED BY TRAPPING
The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners will meet June 27th, in Lovelock, to establish trapping regulations for bobcats for the next two years. Unfortunately, Nevada wildlife officials have resisted ending trapping "season" to protect this fragile animal.  State data suggests Nevada's bobcat population faces possible collapse from over-trapping. Trapping is also incredibly cruel and should be banned altogether.
 
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
*Attend the Saturday, June 27 Commission hearing in Lovelock. Urge wildlife officials to ban trapping of bobcats and all other furbearing animals.

Hearing location:
Lovelock Community Center, 820 6th St., Lovelock, Nevada
Time for public comment: 8:30 AM

*If you can't attend the hearing, contact the Nevada wildlife commissioners. Note, the Commission does not have one central email address so you will have to cc all the commissioners at the addresses below. You can also call the Commission chair, Gerald Lent, at (775) 852-4636.
 
Email addresses for Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners:
ga.Lent@yahoo.com
ron.lurie@azcharlies.com
tmcavin@charter.net
michaelkmcbeath@cox.net
dmcninch@washoecounty.us
pmori9@hotmail.com
scottraine@sbcglobal.net
fourswan@mvdsl.com
hay4you@veawb.coop

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For talking points to use in your comments click here and scroll down to "The Cruel Reality of Trapping." Questions, contact Don Molde at skyshrink@aol.com or Brian Vincent at brian@bigwildlife.org


"CONTROL KILLS" OF GRIZZLY BEARS OUT OF CONTROL ON BC'S CENTRAL COAST

A disturbing number of grizzly bears are being shot as so-called "control kills" in the Bella Coola valley on British Columbia's central coast. (Click here to read Georgia Strait article.) Records obtained from the provincial Ministry of Environment show that 18 grizzlies were killed as "problem bears" from 2007-2008. The majority of these grizzlies were killed because of irresponsible human behavior – primarily, a failure to secure bear attractants. For example, one local resident left a tub of salmon on his deck and then killed a female grizzly and her two cubs when they tried to eat the fish. Another resident, who was "not into removing" the apples from his tree, killed a grizzly for feeding on the fruit.

WHAT YOU CAN DO:

*Urge the BC Minister of Environment to make existing laws addressing the issues of bear attractants enforceable and provide sufficient government funding for conservation enforcement and bear smart education.

BC Minister of Environment contact information:
The Honourable Barry Penner
Minister of Environment
PO Box 9047
STN PROV GOVT
Victoria BC
V8W 9E2

Email: env.minister@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250 387-1187
Fax: 250 387-1356

SAMPLE LETTER TO MINISTER:
Dear Minister Penner,

A disturbing number of grizzly bears are being shot as so-called "control kills" in the Bella Coola valley on BC's central coast. Records obtained from the provincial Ministry of Environment show that 18 grizzlies were killed as "problem bears" over the course of 200 and 2008. The majority of these grizzlies were killed because of irresponsible human behavior - primarily, a failure to secure bear attractants. For example, one local resident left a tub of salmon on his deck and then killed a female grizzly and her two cubs when they tried to eat the fish. Another resident, who was "not into removing" the apples from his tree, killed a grizzly for feeding on the fruit.

The BC government needs to reform existing laws under the Wildlife Act that address the issue of bear attractants to actually make them enforceable.  The BC government must also help communities in bear habitat implement bear-proof waste management systems. And it needs to reinstate recently slashed provincial funding for bear smart programs. Taking such measures will ensure greater safety for people and bears.

Sincerely,
YOUR NAME, CONTACT INFORMATION HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Go to Big Wildlife and Raincoast Conservation

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