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This 13-Year Old Girl Hunts Bears

Kerigan Disorda wants to become a wildlife biologist when she grows up, in order to learn more about her favorite animal: the black bear. Follow along as she hunts one of those in Vermont.

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There’s obviously some shots of a dead animal here. If seeing that is going to bother you, maybe don’t watch the video.

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Vermont’s bear population increased from 2,000 to 5,000 animals between 1975 and 2008. Hunting remains a valuable tool in the state’s management efforts for that species, not only helping control numbers, but funding habitat improvements and management efforts.

“Ensuring the existence of a viable bear population and meeting public expectations for an abundant bear population while, at the same time, not having so many bears that they become a nuisance to agriculture and home owners will be the focus of the management actions,” reads the state’s bear management plan.

Is hunting with hounds ethical? “The benefits of hunting bears with dogs are significant,” reads that same management plan. “The Department [of Fish and Wildlife] continues to support bear hunting with hounds as a legitimate and biologically sound hunting method that has advantages in that chasing bears keeps bears wild and minimizes nuisance and other conflicts with humans.Vermont game wardens routinely recommend bearhoundsmen to property owners who are dealing with nuisance bears. Houndsmen have come to the rescueof many a farmer who has had problems with bearsin their corn, apple orchard, or beehives.”

[via Outside]

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My 13 year old daughter got a Moose and a Bear this year. It filled our freezer and our friends freezer. I think it’s great when kid learn how to hunt. It really helps teach respect and responsibility. We stocked the bear climbed a mountain and she shot it at about 250 yards. It rolled a good way down the mountain thank goodness. She gutted it and help pack it out. I don’t think you can use dogs in Alaska to hunt bear, but I could be wrong we have always just spotted and stocked. When we got the bear home she skinned it and we are having the hide tanned for a nice wall hanging. Her moose was a spike fork, about 2 years old, it’s a tasty animal. She shot that at about 30 yards.