It’s the stated objective of the Bureau of Wildlife (BOW), that operates within the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), to increase “game” species for hunters and trappers. Sometimes the unknowing public, even children, can be recruited to help in their efforts, without knowing the real purpose
BOW benefits by being called “DEC” for they are given a false image of having environmental concerns, when in fact their primary concern is to get firearms revenue from hunting and to sell hunting permits.
Marilyn Leybra spotted the following announcement by the DEC: “Wildlife biologists are seeking the public’s help to learn about new black bear dens in NY. The bears may be fitted with radio collars to help track their activities throughout the year and locate dens.
… A bear den may be in a rock crevice, tree cavity, or under heavy bush or fallen trees. Females give birth in January or early February and if you are near a den you may hear the cubs’ high-pitched squeals.” Marilyn, who has been a wildlife rehabilitator for over 30 years, and whose large animal rescues belong in Ripley’s Believe It or Not, was extremely sensitive to this little cub’s feelings about it all.
She wrote: Did u see latest DEC Weekly Bulletin, in case you ever wondered what an infant bear cub’s eyes look like when being damagingly exposed to daylight, while having a nightmare about being ripped from den & mom’s belly & being man-handled? Wildlife management ‘biologists’ at work monitoring ‘cub production,’ for ‘harvesting’ & asking for our help to locate dens. Sure.
Marilyn Leybra can be contacted through Wildwatch@verizon.net