Big Wildlife: Oregon's Draft Black Bear Management Plan Inadequate
Posted on 2012-05-15
Big Wildlife, an Oregon-based carnivore protection organization that threatened to sue the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in 2011 over ODFW's failure to update the agencies outdated 1993 Black Bear Management Plan, has submitted detailed comments on ODFW's Draft Black Bear Management Plan, which will be reviewed and summarized for the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting in Salem today, April 20.
Big Wildlife claims the plan falls far short of what is needed to ensure the viability of Oregon's black bear population.
"While ODFW's policies might maintain black bear populations above extinction levels, ODFW's policies appear to leave black bears well below maximum biological carrying capacity," explained Spencer Lennard, project director of Big Wildlife. "This draft management plan ignores the ecological influence of black bears in terms of their critically important influence upon ecosystem heath and organization, and instead simply focuses on black bears as a 'game animal' to be hunted."
Ecological Importance of Carnivores
Keystone carnivore species play a vital role in maintaining ecology integrity and preserving species diversity by regulating prey species, influencing behavior of other predators and prey, and exerting a top-down influence on natural systems. The disappearance of keystone species triggers the loss of other species and the intricate connections among the remaining residents begin to unravel.
Importance of Carnivores >>