Enlightening the Next Generation About CT’s Black Bears
Have you ever had an experience with bears? What are your thoughts on CT’s current bear hunting laws? In what way do you think we can improve the law? Those are a few of the questions posed by eighth-grade students at the Cornwall Consolidated School District during a video conference about black bears in CT.
Representing the CT Coalition to Protect Bears, CVA Executive Director Jo-Anne Basile and HSUS-CT State Director Annie Hornish informed the students about why the state should not join others in allowing a bear hunt as well as how to peacefully co-exist with the native species.
Educational outreach and legislative advocacy are the key missions of the Coalition, which includes CVA, the Humane Society of the United States - CT, the CT League of Conservation Voters, Friends of Animals, and the CT Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. It was created last year to counter misleading information circulating about the state’s small black bear population – chiefly that it needs to be managed with a bear hunt.