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Urge Officials to Spare Virginia's Bears

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is getting set to hold a cruel hunt in which as many as twenty bears will be killed in the name of recreation. This hunt is not taking place to curb overpopulation, nor is it to protect members of the public. It is simply to appease hunters' blood thirst and it's just not right.

According to The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and the Nansemond National Wildlife Refuge Final Comprehensive Conservation Plan, "The main purpose of the hunt is to add a priority wildlife-dependent recreational opportunity for the public. There are limited public hunting opportunities in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. By implementing a bear hunt an additional 200 hunting days will be provided to the area."

Please "take action" to urge The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine to call off the hunt. Also, please tell a friend and take a moment to sign our petition to Governor Kaine.

Then download your letters and fax or mail to the addresses indicated below.

Governor Timothy Kaine

Office of the Governor, 14th Floor

One Capitol Square, 830 E. Main Street

Richmond, VA 23219

Tel.: (804) 371-0840

Fax: (804) 371-0935

Please click here for the online feedback form.

Suzanne Baird, Refuge Manager

The Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

3100 Desert Road

Suffolk, Virginia 23434

Tel.: (757) 986-3705

[email protected]

Marvin Moriarty, Regional Director

Northeast Regional Office

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

300 Westgate Center Drive

Hadley, MA 01035-9589

Tel.: (413) 253-8200

Fax: (413) 253-8308

[email protected]

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In Defense of Animals 3010 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, California 94901 - P: (415) 388-9641 F: (415) 388-0388

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