Wild Animal Overpopulation
November 15, 2017 5:00pm CST
More and more there has been problems with controlling the wild animal populations that have been invading human habitats. We have a black bear problem in New Jersey (U.S) with the number soaring to over 3,500. These bears are surviving longer due to favorable living conditions and a abundance of food sources. According to Biologist Patrick Carr, "they’re not food-stressed because we have such a diverse habitat, so the cubs are getting tremendous resources, which is increasing their survival rate." In addition, the Black Bear's liter has also grown and the cubs mortality rate has improved. There have been numerous complaint calls by residents about these bears becoming a nuisence in their neighborhoods. The most common complaints are threat to life and property by breaking into homes, attacking livestock or destroying agriculture. What do you think can be done to reduce this problem? Should a hunting season be used to control New Jersey's black bear population? Source- NJ Star Ledger Photo- state of New Jersey
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• United States
Due to the fault of humans taking up way too much space and constantly taking over territory which should be for wildlife, I am against hunting them. I think the Humane Society of the USA has a better way to deal with the problem.
More black bears are being seen in the suburbs. Some simple steps can prevent encounters and teach bears to avoid people.
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• United States
@dgobucks226 Humans are not the best at keeping things clean, such as outdoor grills, and garbage securely contained. I thought sterilization would work, but there are some problems with that method.
NJDEP - An Analysis of the Feasibility of Using Fertility Control to Manage NJ Black Bear Population
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@Corbin5 I guess we should reduce the human population by having a hunting season to kill off people. Maybe the bears could do the hunting? I'm just kidding! They really have no easy solution and people ae the bears worst enemy. P.S. Right about humans not keeping grills clean
• Boise, Idaho
People and wild animals moving into each others neighborhoods is problematic. I have been up in arms several times over the last few years hearing of mountain lions being killed due to people encroaching on their territories. It's not fair. They should be relocated, not killed.
It is such a difficult issue. There are many hunters out there that love tracking and killing animals. It is a way to reduce the population, but a horrible way to do it. But I guess if they did not control the animal population, things like starvation or animals killing off each other would occur. Lot of interesting good comments here on a subject with no easy solution...
• United States
@dgobucks226 -- I do not personally enjoy the thought of hunting. I don't know if I could so casually take an animal's life (unless it were hurting me or someone else, or I needed it to eat) -- that said -- I do eat meat. I just don't like thinking about where it comes from. So... for myself - I don't mind hunters as long as they make use of eating what they hunt -- sport hunters are a different deal