Wildlife expert blames ‘wake up’ politics for Washington bear attack

A wildlife expert blames an unprovoked bear attack, which resulted in serious injuries to a woman who was entering her dog Washington state, On the policy “I woke up”.

“Public safety is no longer a priority at Olympia, it seems,” Tom Nelson, who hosts The Outdoor Line on ESPN Radio, told KIRO on Monday.

In the case he was black bear attack Over the weekend in a residential area of ​​Leavenworth, Washington, a 68-year-old woman walking her dog was “seriously injured” and taken to hospital.

The woman’s terrifying fight with the bear lasted about 15 seconds, as the woman punched the animal several times before it finally escaped. Then wildlife officials used a Karelian bear dog to track the animal. The bear was located later that morning with two cubs, as officials captured the cubs and killed the adult bears.

Washington wildlife officials have killed a black bear that attacked a walking dog

American black bear.

American black bear.

Nelson believed the situation was preventable, but argued that state officials prioritized “managing stale and stale wildlife” that “put the public at risk.”

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“This is a complete tragedy on both sides,” Nelson said. “Nobody wins.” “Such confrontations… can be avoided.”

Nelson noted that fall is the time of year to carry with it “as much as possible because they go into hibernation.”

“Their motivation to feed is way above price,” Nelson said. “Unfortunately, the lady was between the pig and her cubs, and this triggered the protection response.”

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Washington State Capitol Building

Evening at the Washington State Capitol with cherry trees in bloom.

However, Nelson argued that bears usually wouldn’t be desperate enough to enter residential areas near parks and risk encounters with humans if they weren’t desperate, something brought about by the state “making political decisions about biological situations for political considerations.”

Nelson noted that state officials tied up the spring bear hunting season And passed laws that made it more difficult to hunt bears during the regular season. The result was a steady increase in the number of bears, which increased the risk of similar negative human interactions with animals.

One of those state rules to make bear hunting more difficult was the ban dogs use To follow bears. Nelson noted that state officials are still able to use dogs to track down bears involved in attacks, including the one that took place over the weekend.

“All they did in terms of hounds was privatize this,” Nelson said. “Before, you had hunters who loved their dogs. It is very difficult to hunt [bears] without the help of our four friends.”

The black bear looks at the camera

American black bear.

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“So, now, we as taxpayers should pay for this activity rather than have the fisherman – who buys the marks and licenses – give the money to the state.”

A spokesperson for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, reached by Fox News for comment, stressed that such interactions are “rare in Washington state where black bears tend to avoid humans.”

The spokesperson added that some bears have become “habitual of humans” or “adapted to the character of food” and can “become aggressive in pursuit of a meal” in populated or semi-inhabited areas, something the agency has tried to address by educating the population on how to get along with the animals.

“Public safety is our priority; our officers and staff were quick to move to locate the animal in this incident and secure the scene because we have a responsibility to our communities, it’s an unfortunate circumstance and never the outcome we want,” the spokesperson said. .

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