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Justice for Bear Cubs Put In Danger

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Help us stop the harmful selfie culture that endangers wildlife. Ensure that those accountable face the legal consequences.


A shocking event in Asheville, North Carolina, has exposed the dangerous lengths some people will go to for a photo. A group of individuals was caught on camera pulling two black bear cubs from a tree to take selfies.

This act, recorded by a concerned witness, has sparked outrage and raised serious concerns among wildlife officials and conservationists about the impact of human interference on wildlife1.

Innocent Cubs in Peril

The distressing video shows several people yanking the bear cubs from the tree branches and posing for photos. One of the cubs was dropped after a loud screech, causing further distress. Witnesses reported the incident to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC)2. Responding to a police call, NCWRC officials found one cub in a nearby retention pond, wet, shivering, and favoring one of its front paws. The cub was rescued and taken to the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. Sadly, the second cub remains missing and is presumed to have reunited with its mother3.

The Aftermath

The rescued cub is now recovering at the Appalachian Wildlife Refuge, where she is eating, playing with another orphaned cub, and showing promising signs of recovery. The refuge aims to release the cubs back into the wild in the fall, ensuring they are well-prepared for survival4. Rehabilitation efforts involve providing a specialized diet and minimizing human contact to prevent the cubs from becoming habituated to humans, which is crucial for their successful reintroduction into the wild4.

Why This Matters

Wildlife experts advise the public to refrain from handling or approaching bear cubs or any other wild animals. If a cub appears to be alone, it is often not abandoned; the mother is usually nearby foraging for food1. Interfering with the cub can inadvertently separate it from its mother and cause harm. This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of responsible behavior around wildlife. Human interference often leads to negative outcomes for animals, underscoring the need for greater public awareness and education1.

Take Action

This heartbreaking event demonstrates the urgent need to protect our wildlife and hold those who harm animals accountable. By signing the petition to the Chair of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, you can help send a clear message that such behavior will not be tolerated.

Help us urge local law enforcement and the District Attorney's office to press charges against those responsible and ensure they face appropriate legal consequences. Together, we can promote a healthier coexistence with nature and ensure a better future for all.

Sign the petition now to demand justice and protect our wildlife.

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The Petition:

To the Chair of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission,

We, the undersigned, are writing to express our deep concern and outrage regarding the recent incident where a group of individuals was caught on camera pulling black bear cubs from a tree to take selfies in Buncombe County. This blatant act of wildlife interference has not only shocked the local community but has also garnered national attention for its disregard for the well-being of these animals.

We urge the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to hold these individuals accountable for their actions. It is imperative that a clear message is sent: such behavior towards wildlife will not be tolerated. We request that you work closely with local law enforcement and the District Attorney's office to ensure that appropriate legal consequences are pursued against those responsible.

The need for humanity and conservation of wildlife species cannot be overstated. Interference with wild animals disrupts their natural behaviors, endangers their lives, and can lead to severe ecological imbalances. Black bears, like many other species, play a crucial role in our ecosystem. Protecting them and ensuring their well-being is not only a moral obligation but also essential for maintaining biodiversity and ecological health.

By taking decisive action against the individuals involved in this incident, the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission can demonstrate its commitment to the protection of wildlife. Ensuring that these actions are met with appropriate legal consequences will help prevent future incidents and promote a culture of respect and conservation.

These measures will contribute to a better future for both wildlife and humans. Protecting our natural heritage ensures that future generations can enjoy and benefit from a balanced and healthy ecosystem.

We trust that you will act swiftly and justly in this matter.

Sincerely,

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