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Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mountain Mystery

What these guys are doing is tracking their dogs that are running through valley. The dogs are trained to chase bear and drive them to a location. They are in radio contact with other hunters who will try to make the kill. They try to pin the bear by trapping them in certain locations. Sometimes having the dogs run from both ends of the valley and forcing the bear to come toward the hunters. Some of these hunters are motivated to get the gall bladder of the bear that can sell for up to 10,000 dollars on the Asian market. Also cut off bear paws are in demand. Recently, there was a forest fire that was set in ten locations during bear hunting season, which would make a barrier and help control the run of the bear. Perhaps the arson was just coincidental that it happened during bear season. Perhaps not.

From The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries:

Richmond, VA -– At a joint press conference, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) and the National Park Service (NPS) announced the results of a multi-year, joint, undercover, investigation that has produced numerous wildlife violation charges and directly linked the communities surrounding Shenandoah National Park with the multi-million dollar international black market trade in American black bears and American ginseng plants. State and federal officials have become increasingly concerned about the commercialization and exploitation of natural resources and the results of this investigation confirm the existence of an active black market demand for products from the Virginia mountains. The extent of this international demand threatens the viability of the species involved. Additional investigative support was provided by the FBI, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, the National Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory, the United States Attorney’s Office, and the Rockingham County/Harrisonburg Virginia Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.
Image smoke from the 3000 acre forest fire.


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