New Russian law protects sleeping bears from being hunted in dens, group says
The "rules of the hunt" law prevents Asiatic black bears from being hunted during winter months, when they hibernate.
March 16th, 2011
10:10 PM ET

New Russian law protects sleeping bears from being hunted in dens, group says

Hunters in Russia will no longer be allowed to rouse hibernating bears  from their dens and shoot them under new legislation enacted Wednesday, according to an animal rights group.

The winter den hunt left bear cubs orphaned, often resulting in their deaths, said the International Fund for Animal Welfare, which has been campaigning to end the practice since 1995.

The new law reduces the hunting season for brown bears and Asiatic black bears and excludes the winter season, when the animals are hibernating in dens, the group said Wednesday. Under the new law, it is also illegal to hunt cubs less than a year old and females with cubs under one year.

"The 'rules of the hunt' legislation is a tremendous step forward for animal welfare in Russia and reflects the opinion of the Russian people that bears should be protected from this sort of hunting," said Maria Vorontsova, director of IFAW Russia.

To date, the group says it has successfully released more than 150 cubs from its rehabilitation center in Bubonitsy, Tver region.

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  1. notborncynical

    Cesar, Spock and Raven this isn't a chat room. Take your idiotic conversation to Facebook. About the bears, it's great that Russia has passed this law but they'll have a hard time enforcing it. Poachers that sell the furs for profit won't be that easily deterred.

    March 17, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Bears have a right to hybernate. Shameful mankind slaughters them in their sleep...Hey Wal-Mart, you are a multi-billion dollar a year business and the number 1 retailer in the world. Invest in your shopping carts. They wobble. 2nd time this week.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. ed Bailey

    Wow people. Yes it will be very hard to stop the evil doers in society. For 12 years I lived in the middle of the second largest city in utah, and the amount of crime to include killings was staggering. EVERYONE Ofd THE CRIMINALS IS ENJOYING FREEDOM AND PROSPERITY. The enforcers are THEIR friends. Some FU system.

    March 17, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. ERICisGreat

    the people who post on here have issues. its a blog about bears. not your personal affairs. you all are sad little people. why dont you get out there and get in the sunshine. i promise you wont melt or explode. you might even find that there is more to life than the internet.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cesar

    @Eric is not so great: So talk about bears, I did.

    March 17, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    Hi, I'm Eric. I like bears. White Polar bears live in the North Pole. They eat seals. Seals are scared of them. Grizzley Bears live in Virginia ,Pennselvania, and lots of other states. They eat people. They have fur and big teeth.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    I'm not upset, guys. No worries!!


    March 17, 2011 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Spock

    Thank you Banasy, and again I'm sorry

    March 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Lael bradshaw

    its about time. that is not hunting anyway. now please inforce it!

    March 17, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Captain Kirk

    I'm here in a cave hiding from the Cronie people because Spock is having a fling with some earthy female. Spock! Enough already. Tell Scotty to beam me up. Now! On the double! Oh, and Ellen called for you. Your wife if you can remember her. It's on to the next galaxy. I'm ready.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LmD

    Way to keep an eye on your blogs CNN. You do realize you have some children posting on here that have no idea what a bear is don't you? Definintly not hunting when you take a bear out that was in a cave asleep! Good move Russia.

    March 17, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barbara

    Good job Russia!!!! You have such beautiful forests and wildlife you certainly don't want to lose them like the US is aiming for! Enforce the law and save all for the future.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
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