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Man Found Guilty of Killing Endangered Black Bear

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An American man suspected of killing a black bear is facing a prison sentence. Darryl Eubanks from George County, Mississippi was indicted by a federal grand jury in May 2008. He was charged with killing the endangered animal, transporting the bear,

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ROBIN M (312)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 9:21 am

Marisa Sebastian (130)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 9:52 am
I hope he does go to jail! Otherwise itīs a mockery of animal rights laws!! Thanks Cher.

Dawna Raven Sky Zimbalist (261)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 11:49 am
I hope he goes to the Bears (no pun intended) killing is killing... crime is a crime... man or beast.. noted and thanks!

CC C (15)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 12:15 pm

veronique P (2)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 6:35 pm
Hope the punishment fits the crime.

Donn M (56)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 6:38 pm
I didn't realize black bears were endangered anywhere in the US.

Cher C (1430)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 6:48 pm

This is from Wikipedia....

Today, a major threat to the American black bear is poaching, or illegal killing, to supply Asian markets with bear galls and paws, considered to have medicinal value in China, Japan, and Korea. The demand for these parts also affects grizzly and polar bears. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a treaty among more than 120 nations, provides measures to curb illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products across international boundaries, helping to protect the black bear from poaching. Perpetrators caught poaching or smuggling either item out of the United States or Canada may face very serious legal ramifications, and park rangers within both countries are charged with the protection of the bears under their jurisdictions up to and including arrest.

Black bears are abundant in most of the western states and in most of Canada, but its presence in the Midwest is uneven by comparison. For example, Ontario is home to about 100,000 bears, with at least as many in neighboring Quebec, while the Upper Midwest has a very healthy population with 30,000 bears in Minnesota alone. In contrast, nearby places like Iowa, Kansas and Illinois have virtually none. Most typical Midwestern states have not had a native population of bears since the turn of the 19th century and many[citation needed] are still heavily used for agriculture today.

Most populations east of the Mississippi River are seeing a marked, steady increase in population: bears are moving back into places where they typically have been absent for over a century as suitable habitat has returned. In eastern states with heavily wooded areas, populations are growing rapidly; in North Carolina there were 11,000 bears at last count in 2004, Pennsylvania estimates 15,000 bears currently, New Jersey (a heavily urbanized state) estimated 3,529 in 2003, and even tiny Rhode Island has seen evidence of bears moving into areas where they haven't been in decades. The Florida black bear has also seen increases in numbers in recent decades, in 2004 the Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission estimated over 2,400 bears were in the state. Unfortunately, not all is well. Continued development may reduce connectivity between the already separated populations in Florida. The Louisiana subspecies continues to be at critically low levels, although several successful reintroduction projects have added bears to new areas of the state.

In Mexico, the indigenous black bear population is listed as endangered and is mostly limited to increasingly fragmented habitat in the mountainous northern parts of the country. Individuals from this area seem to have naturally recolonized parts of southern Texas and along the Rio Grande.

In 1992, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Louisiana black bear subspecies as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, meaning it could be in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range in the near future. The American black bear is also protected by legislation in the affected states (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas), owing to its close resemblance to this subspecies. The Florida black bear was denied protection under the Endangered Species Act in 1998 and 2004 due to its adequate protection and management by the State of Florida.


Morgan Griffith (225)
Thursday June 5, 2008, 8:21 pm
Good for the grand jury, bad for the bear tho.

Jim Phillips (3257)
Saturday June 14, 2008, 2:46 am
"If convicted, Darryl Eubanks could face up to $700,000 (Ģ350,000) in fines, and a maximum of 12 years in prison."

TY, Cher.

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