Grizzly bears today occupy only about three percent of their historic range in the lower 48 states. Yet last year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service took the Greater Yellowstone grizzly off the Endangered Species list, relinquishing management to the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, which border Yellowstone National Park. The result? The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission announced that it will allow trophy hunting of grizzlies for the first time in 40 years, starting September 1.
Would someone explain to me why it is “fun” to kill bears? – large targets, slow moving, even the most incompetent shot could kill a grizzly. They only threaten humans if they feel threatened themselves. I have (brief) experience to fall back on in this regard.
This is yet another grovel towards the heartless, immoral, wealthy idiots who pour cash into election campaigns. We should be protecting wildlife, not shooting it for “fun” and mounting heads on plaques in the living room of vulgar, multi-million dollar mansions. Of course, Epicurus couldn’t, wouldn’t shoot any animal for the hell of it, but then I am sure he wouldn’t have wanted to.