States on the attack against black bears, grizzly bears

Dozens of bears are dying because of incidental human interactions each year. They are hit by cars. Shot by poachers. Killed if there is a human encounter. Targeted if they menace livestock. Above, a black bear mother nurses her cubs in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Wendy Keefover/The HSUS

Throughout the country, humans are crossing paths with bears, and in almost every case, the bears end up on the losing side. This week, near the top of Togwotee Pass in Wyoming, a photographer snapped a picture of a grizzly bear with a Conibear-style furbearer trap clamped over one paw. Conibear traps are the biggest . . . 

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No time to be a bystander, as animals are threatened by hard-hearted politicians

Animals' needs aren’t partisan and shouldn’t be partisan. Dragging animal welfare into the R-vs-D fray is a source of shame – no matter what your political leanings.

Animals’ needs aren’t partisan and shouldn’t be partisan. Dragging animal welfare into the R-vs-D fray is a source of shame – no matter what your political leanings. Photo by Thomas D. Mangelsen/ www.mangelsen.com

Traveling home to their districts, members of Congress are hearing from riled-up constituents like never before – and right on the heels of a tremendously contentious election. On Capitol Hill, telephone lines are being overwhelmed repeatedly by the fresh concerns of Americans roused to action. In cities across the country, citizens are organizing, vowing to . . . 

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