HOW DANGEROUS ARE BLACK BEARS AT A GARBAGE DUMP? ANSWER: NOT VERY.

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This paper by Stephen Herrero from the 70’s details his observations of 34 bears in over 700 encounters with humans and other bears at a garbage dump in Jasper.  It’s worth a read because Herrero is an expert on adverse bear/human encounters.  And it’s a bit of faded history since garbage dumps are no longer available to bears as they were in this paper, in Yellowstone during the same era and elsewhere.

 

 

WHAT’S THE VALUE OF A BEAR?

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When hunters, trappers, Wildlife Services (government trappers) and others kill wildlife, the public loses an asset that can be priced, but never is.  Sportsmen and government trappers may tout the money spent to kill the animal as an economic boost to the community, but they don’t subtract the economic value of the animal’s life which is lost to the Public Trust.

Here is a little exercise to show you how pricing the value of an animal’s life can work.

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