Protect black bears and cougars from senseless slaughter!
The death of an animal is always a tragedy, but even more so when that death is entirely preventable. Trophy hunting is a cruel and unnecessary practice. In Oregon alone, hunters kill hundreds of cougars and thousands of black bears legally with the authorization of the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission.
Each year, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife authorizes a trophy hunting quota of nearly 1,000 cougars or more than a quarter of the adult population. This leaves countless newborn kittens at risk because trophy hunting of cougars is allowed year-round—including during peak birthing season.
The practice of hunting black bears during the spring, when these animals are just waking up from their winter hibernation and weakened from their winter slumber is just as cruel. During the annual spring black bear hunt, trophy hunters kill mother bears with newborn cubs as they venture out to find food—leaving orphans bear cubs left to die from starvation, predation or exposure to the elements.
The senseless killing of wild animals is not a sport. Yet some people believe that hunting helpless animals is fair game and they value the lifeless bodies they’ve killed as trophies. The Commission will vote on the 2022 trophy hunting seasons for black bears and cougars during their meeting on September 17th.
Please take a moment to contact the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission and urge them to no longer allow trophy hunting of black bears and cougars using the form below.