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Please Save the Bear & Her Cubs, Who Protected Her Cubs From An Unleashed Dog in Hardy County! PLEASE TAKE ACTION!!

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It is beyond my comprehension that our state will euthanize a sow and her cubs for the reasons they stand by. The article below states that Virginia wouldn't act in such a manner, and many other states follow the same guidelines.

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Ana MESNER (201)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:13 am
Already signed, posted by Simona

Thank you Barb

Nicole W (646)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:17 am
You signed Rep. Nick Rahall: Please save the bear & her cubs, who protected her cubs from an unleashed dog in Hardy County. The WV DNR is setting traps & confirmed any bear they capture will be euthanized including cubs.

Barb Knight (1688)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:25 am
Please save the bear & her cubs, who protected her cubs from an unleashed dog in Hardy County. The WV DNR is setting traps & confirmed any bear they capture will be euthanized including her cubs.

It is beyond my comprehension that our state will euthanize a sow and her cubs for the reasons they stand by. The article below states that Virginia wouldn't act in such a manner, and many other states follow the same guidelines. Please save the bears and furture bears from the WV DNR

The following are excerpts from two newspaper articles. I combined the varies statements and made comments of my own and are in parenthesis. Below in italic are bear facts of interest, taken from several websites.

The bear that attacked a man in Hardy County, West Virginia, will be put down if game managers can trap it, a state expert on black bears said Friday.

Colin Carpenter, West Virginia's black bear project leader with the state Division of Natural Resources, said the female bear's cubs will also be put down if captured, although they can likely survive without their mother. (At this time of year cubs are still nursing) Carpenter said game officials are following normal recommendations and guidelines in their response to the bear attack. (WV DNR recommendations and quidelines) "Any bear that makes contact with humans, we make an attempt to capture that bear and put it down," Carpenter said. (Without confirming, and only assumption, that it is in fact the same bear that made contact. ( For example: California uses DNA testing to confirm)

West Virginia authorities have set four traps covering about a mile in the George Washington National Forest where a mother bear attacked a man and his dog Thursday.

(It is my understanding that the WV DNR will enlist local bear hunters and their dogs and will run this bear up a tree and to be killed, she will never make it to the trap)

Officials plan to euthanize the bear and her cubs if they are caught and test them for rabies, despite the fact that it appears the animal was provoked by the dog. If caught, all three will be “put down” and tested for rabies — although it is a slim possibility any of them have the disease, Carpenter said. (Mr. Carpenter’s comments are contradictory)

If the bears are not caught within two to four days, the department will abandon its effort. (Seriously? Why do it in the first place then?? Especially, as you already state, you’re testing them for rabies, which is obviously not a factor if you will abandon the effort in 2 to 4 days)

Steven Krichbaum, 59, of Staunton, told authorities that he had been on a walk with his dog in the forest when they came across a mother black bear and two cubs. He was in the Hardy County, W.Va., area near Va. 55.

It was learned today that his unleashed dog, Henry, went after one of the cubs, at which point Krichbaum was attacked by the mother bear. (National forest guidelines require that the dog be on a six-foot leash at all times when in a developed recreation area and on interpretive trails. There is no leash requirements in the general forest areas.)

The dog then attacked the bear and Krichbaum hit it with a rock, allowing them both to get away. Krichbaum is still recovering at Winchester Medical Center and the dog is recovering at a local animal hospital.

Colin Carpenter, project leader for the West Virginia Department of Natural Resources Black Bear Project, said today that although the attack was unusual and a freak accident, public safety was the top concern. He acknowledged that the bear was provoked and just protecting her cubs, but the department does not want bears learning unacceptable behavior. * (Unacceptable behavior? What behavior should she have???)

Krichbaum, who has not been able to be reached for comment, has expressed concern to Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries personnel about the fate of the bear — and has said that he does not want it to be killed.

Carpenter said that black bears are generally very docile, but the department does not want this particular bear to be left in the population. (They CAN NOT prove the captured bear is the same sow who protected her cubs as they have no knowledge of any defining marks on the bear)

A written statement Friday from Jamie Sajecki, Virginia's black bear project leader with the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, said the attack began when Krichbaum's unleashed dog chased after and began attacking the bear's cubs. (UNLEASHED and ATTACKED the cubs)

Sajecki said the dog disturbed a family of bears while in the George Washington National Forest with Krichbaum.

Sajecki said the female bear, also known as a sow, charged Krichbaum in an attempt to protect her cubs. The dog, reported by witnesses to be a yellow Labrador mix, then attacked the bear.

"When the dog began to attack the sow, it gave (Krichbaum) a chance to find a rock and hit the bear in order to scare her off," Sajecki said in a news release. "(Krichbaum) and the dog suffered severe injuries from the bear."

Sajecki said in an interview that her information came from a biologist in her agency who had interviewed Krichbaum in the hospital. Sajecki described the attack as "extremely rare."

Sajecki said she was unaware of anybody killed by a bear in Virginia, although some hunters have reported minor injuries. Such incidents commonly involve a dog scrapping with a bear and a hunter trying to get between them, Sajecki said.

"So far, we've been real lucky," Sajecki said of the absence of serious injuries in human-bear encounters. "It's a testament to the true nature of these animals. They really don't want to have a confrontation with people."

Sajecki said she believed the bear targeted Krichbaum because seeing the dog chasing her cubs was highly stressful to her.

In most such incidents, a sow will try to send her cubs up a tree for safety, but the bear that attacked Krichbaum did not have a chance to do so, Sajecki said.

Carpenter said he was unsure whether West Virginia game officials will manage to trap the bear or her cubs. He said the bear has not been linked to any other attacks on humans and has no markings that would distinguish it from any other female bear. * (WHICH means he has no way of confirming a bear that is trapped is in fact the same bear in question)

Carpenter said he believed the cubs will be "fine on their own" if their mother is captured but they remain at large. He said a plentiful supply of acorns, cherries and other fruits will give them a good chance of survival. (BUT he has previously stated said the female bear's cubs will also be put down if captured,) (Cubs at this age are typically still nursing) (WHYput the cubs down? Can they not be transferred to a sanctuary like they have in VA:

Sajecki said Virginia does not take action against bears if they are provoked into attacking, which appears to be the case in Thursday's incident. (AS DO MANY OTHER STATES WHO FOLLOW THE SAME PROCEDURE)

"Because the dog precipitated this event, we wouldn't necessarily put a bear down in that situation because she was out in her habitat where she should have been," Sajecki said. "She was doing what she needed to do." (EXACTLY)


By fall, cubs can weigh as little as 15 pounds or more that 160 pounds

Many people fear that bears will sense they are afraid and attack. However, most people who see bears close-up ARE afraid-and are not attacked. Bears look a bit like dogs but are less aggressive. Across North America, dogs kill 16 times more people than do black, grizzly, and polar bears combined.

Black bears developed the timid personality of a prey animal, which serves them well today among grizzly bears, wolves, and people.

When males approach maturity, usually at two or three years of age, they voluntarily leave their mothers' territories and look for mating ranges that have females, food, and not too many adult males.

In years when nut, acorn, and berry crops fail, black bears are as quick as chipmunks to substitute human food. They prefer natural food, though, and they return to their wild diet the next year if natural food is available.

Pepper spray works as well on bears as it does on dogs. In hundreds of tests, the bears didn't go away mad, they just went away-without any aggression toward the sprayer. This bear ran away when 5-year-old Kelly sprayed it. The next day, the bear seemed calm around Kelly's father but ran up a tree when Kelly appeared.

Black bear mothers stay with their cubs until the cubs are 16 or 17 months old. Then, in late May or June, just before the mothers begin attracting males to mate for their next litter, the mothers separate from their yearlings but allow them to remain in the maternal territory.

Bears are omnivores; in the wild, they eat a variety of plant and animal matter, including insects, fish, carrion, leaves, berries, nuts, and fruit. Cubs will nurse from their mothers throughout the summer and fall and will begin to sample “adult” foods when they emerge from their dens in the spring. Bears, especially yearlings, will also look for “easy food” – and will raid bird feeders, unsecured trash cans, and pet food. CUBS ARE STILL NURSING IN THE FALL

West Virginia Governor
Sen. Joe Manchin, West Virginia
Sen. Jay Rockefeller, West Virginia
Rep. Shelley Capito, West Virginia-02
Rep. David McKinley, West Virginia-01
Rep. Nick Rahall, West Virginia-03
Please revise the WV DNR policies that would prevent such attempts to euthanize a sow and her cubs in the George Washington National Forest, in Hardy county, WV. Recent events on August 21, 2014 led a project to attempt the unethically euthanization of a black bear sow that attacked a hiker and his unleashed dog,which provoked the attack by going after her cubs. The setting of 4 traps was...


Barb Knight (1688)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:29 am
Why didn't C2 flash a pink warning that it had already been posted? Please extend my apologies to Simona for me.

Ana MESNER (201)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:58 am
My dear Barb, it's better to be posted twice, than none.

We need signatures, so that you sooooo much for posting.


Julie E (405)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:59 am
Signed and shared. Thank you Barb!

Sara P (54)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:59 am
Strongly signed, thanks dear Barb

Barbara K (60)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:02 am
S & N, thanks, Sweetie. There is no reason to kill these bears.

Lone F (67)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:04 am
Thanks Barb, Noted and signed. There is one contradiction after the other here. Everyone survived, so stop hunting the poor bear who was only protecting her cubs.

Barb, I think the pink warning only flashes if the link you use is the same as the other individual has used previously. I have noticed that some articles have been posted twice

Sara P (54)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:17 am
And sharing!!!!! :)

Monika S (19)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:23 am
2.533 Unterstützer/innen (supporters)
thank you

Ruth L (239)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:38 am
Signed/noted. Thanks Barb

Sandi C (98)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:53 am

Sylvie A (193)
Monday August 25, 2014, 12:09 pm
S&S, merci.

Lisa Neste (207)
Monday August 25, 2014, 12:23 pm
Thank you for signing the petition "Rep. Nick Rahall: Please save the bear & her cubs, who protected her cubs from an unleashed dog in Hardy County. The WV DNR is setting traps & confirmed any bear they capture will be euthanized including cubs. "

Kamia T (89)
Monday August 25, 2014, 12:37 pm
Noted and so signed. NO ONE asks these idiots to move into bear country. We're encroaching upon them, not visa versa! And what idiot dog owner doesn't teach their animal what to stay way from?

Mary T (358)
Monday August 25, 2014, 12:50 pm
Thank you for signing the petition "Rep. Nick Rahall: Please save the bear & her cubs, who protected her cubs from an unleashed dog in Hardy County. The WV DNR is setting traps & confirmed any bear they capture will be euthanized including cubs. " - thank you Barb

Slava R (1311)
Monday August 25, 2014, 2:52 pm
s/n t.y

Stella G (403)
Monday August 25, 2014, 2:59 pm
Petizione firmata. Ringrazio per la condivisione

Antonella C (83)
Monday August 25, 2014, 3:35 pm
Signed of course! Then tweeted

Bartlomiej T (296)
Monday August 25, 2014, 4:12 pm
So signed.

Animae C (514)
Monday August 25, 2014, 4:22 pm
Prev. signed
2,796 supporters
2,204 NEEDED

Thanx Barb

Nicole L (79)
Monday August 25, 2014, 4:54 pm

Lady Suki (446)
Monday August 25, 2014, 5:16 pm
Signed. Thanks for the forward Carrie.

Past Member (0)
Monday August 25, 2014, 5:57 pm
S+S-thx Barb

Christine Stewart (134)
Monday August 25, 2014, 7:10 pm

Eternal G (745)
Monday August 25, 2014, 7:12 pm
Very much SIGNED!

Jana D (45)
Monday August 25, 2014, 7:26 pm

Krista Slavin (195)
Monday August 25, 2014, 7:47 pm
Signed and noted

S J (130)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:17 pm
done, thanks Barb

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:24 pm
Noted and signed, thanks Barb.

Connie Palladini (102)
Monday August 25, 2014, 8:58 pm

Iveta cer (41)
Monday August 25, 2014, 9:02 pm
signed and noted , thanks Sara for forward

Mike H (252)
Monday August 25, 2014, 10:15 pm
Gladly signed

Monday August 25, 2014, 10:57 pm
N & S. This is so outrageous. Thanks Barb

Leslene Dunn (84)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:12 pm
Noted and signed - insane rotten bastards - this poor mama bear did what was right to protect herself and her cubs. She had every right to be where she was, the bloody owner of the dog should be prosecuted and thrown in jail for having his dog offleash in the first place knowing that where he was walking was bear territory!

Intan Surya Dawood (3)
Monday August 25, 2014, 11:48 pm
Noted and signed.

Tuesday August 26, 2014, 12:42 am
well said, Ana Mesner
no doubt signed with 3,122 supporters
1,878 NEEDED
noted with hope
Thank you, dear Barb!

Cheryl H (91)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 1:24 am
Done..Thank You Barb!!!

Ondine J (134)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 2:03 am
Noted and signed, thanks Barb

PlsNoMessage se (588)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 2:21 am

Pam B (12)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 3:39 am
page unavailable :(

Pam B (12)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 3:40 am
Now I've got it! S & N, thanks

Danuta W (1250)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 3:58 am

Ruth C (87)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:02 am

Danny M (83)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:17 am
Thank you, Barb!

Kerstin Strobl (371)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:44 am

Sandra Vito (94)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:55 am

Charmaine Shannon (38)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:57 am
Noted, Signed and Shared !!!! This is "OUTRAGEOUS" !!!!!! These Policies NEED CHANGED "ASAP" !!!!

Thank-You ......

Tanya W (65)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 6:00 am
Noted and signed

Barbara P (177)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 6:31 am
I signed. Thank you, Barbcats.

Maria Teresa Schollhorn (42)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 6:46 am
Noted and signed. Thanks BarbCat..

Helen away A (103)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7:02 am
signed, thanks

Tina F (113)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7:23 am
Signed and noted! How stupid can a dog owner be, to have his dog unleashed in a forrest with wild animals with cubs? Every mother protects their young ones! And how stupid is WV DNR who wants to punish a mama bear and her cubs for doing what a mama is supposed to do? Thanks Heidi and Barb!

Rhonda B (99)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7:24 am
Signed & Noted. Thank you BarbCat.

Sandra Penna (135)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7:44 am
done, thank you.

. (0)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 8:26 am
Signed and noted. It is truly horrible that stupid people want to murder a mother bear and her babies just because of an idiot POS took his dog into bear country without a leash. It is the dog owner who is at fault not the bears. Leave the bears alone and set a trap for him.

Barry AWAY T (935)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 8:29 am
noted, signed & shared (FB) – thanks so much Barb!

Veerle V (44)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 8:47 am
Signed and shared, thanks !

Christeen Anderson (371)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 8:58 am

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 9:29 am
Another moronic move, decisions based on laziness & no common sense

Shelli S (374)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 9:32 am
Pardon my french, but f*ck these corrupt assh*les

Nimue Michelle Pendragon Gaze (339)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 10:25 am
This is so wrong. S&N.

Lenicka R (60)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 10:29 am
Sadly signed.
Thanks BarbCat

Barbara F (47)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 11:04 am

marisol melgarejo (41)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 12:21 pm
Signed Thank you Barb.

Van voorst coll C (325)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 12:37 pm
Signed, thank you for sharing dearest Barb!

Malgorzata Z (200)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 12:51 pm
petycja podpisana

Malgorzata Z (200)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 12:51 pm
i udostępniona na twitterze

Holly S (36)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 1:32 pm

End CrueltyDeb Williams-Shepard (154)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 1:47 pm

Terrie Williams (798)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 1:58 pm
with 3,591 supporters

Ruth M (235)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 2:20 pm
This is just sickening!!!!! Done

Irene Leggett (0)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 3:56 pm
Shame on this brain-dead owner who allowed his dog to be off leash in bear territory. Just how stupid does one have to be???? Shame on those in charge if they kill this momma and her babies when the fault lies solely on the stupid owner's shoulders.

mar l ene dinkins (264)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 4:09 pm

Jo S (619)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:00 pm
Noted, signed & shared.
Thanks Barb & Sara for the forward.

Michelle S (462)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:18 pm
The time is LONG overdue to ARM BEARS.

bev g (128)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:34 pm
for poor animals

Betty Kowall (304)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 5:59 pm
If a mother bear didn't protect her babies then she wouldn't be much of a mother.

Gina Caracci (219)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 6:43 pm
all creatures have the right to defend their babies
humans really suck (except for us of course)

Nelson Baker (0)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7:02 pm
Signed and noted. Sad that animals always suffer due to the actions of stupid people. The bear was only doing what was natural in protecting her cubs.

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7:20 pm
signed and noted thanks

Bonnie Lynn M (1)
Tuesday August 26, 2014, 7:46 pm
Petition signed. Thank you

Jan Garen (86)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 1:22 am
Agree with so many comments above.

Ana Lopes (92)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 4:30 am

Cynthia Davis (340)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 6:37 am

Gloria picchetti (304)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 8:21 am
Poor dear bears! Signed.

Dogan Ozkan (2)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 9:20 am
noted and signed

Kay M (347)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 9:42 am

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 12:37 pm
Signed & shared !

Karl S (49)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 12:53 pm
Signed & noted, thank you

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday August 27, 2014, 3:18 pm
Already signed. Noted. Thanks, Barb.

Nancy C (806)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 2:40 am
s/sh in fb groups...thanx my friend!

Gabriella Serafino (92)
Thursday August 28, 2014, 1:00 pm
signed !

. (0)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 8:03 am
This is too beary sad for words & will very happily sign & noted this heartbreaking story!!! This poor bear doesn't deserve to die for protecting herself & especially her cubs & even if she had no cubs she still wouldn't deserve to die!!! I am Beyond words since this is so upsetting & feel killing should never be the answer!!! All this cruelty of all our animals needs to stop?!!!

Sherri Martin (78)
Wednesday September 3, 2014, 6:34 pm
Noted, Signed and Shared to Facebook

MmAway M (507)
Saturday September 13, 2014, 8:39 pm
I signed, but in reading the above comments it appears that #'s are not correct ~ Change.Org stated they still need over 2,000+ signatures on this one. TU Dear Barb! xx
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