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. Jazz7

    who's gonna go into a cave with bears , HAHAHA come on , maybe we can lurer FAKE CESAR from last night in there , LOLOLOLO

    March 16, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Cesar

    Better late than never. I am surprised however, that the Communists didn't already have a similar law in effect long ago.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Offtopic

    Bout time. I'm sure the trophy hunters and backwood hicks will have a fit but the same legislation is underway here in the U.S. I hope they don't like it. I come from a family that loves hunting, fishing and loves nature. Hunting for food is natural for people but it must be done with respect to the animal, to nature. To hunt any species while in thier den is not only cowardly but destructive to nature as a whole.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    @Fake Cesar above: Get your own name. Cut it out already. @Jazz: Hi. I'm in a mood.

    March 16, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ed Bailey

    Hunting a bear in its den is a vicious crime. Mankind has hope if we eliminate a large chunk of the a**holes in our species. Some sport, a sleeping animal! No different than a murderer entering their house at night!

    March 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    @ed bailey: I agree totally. Hunting down sleeping animals isn't hunting at all; it's the coward's way of bagging a "trophy". Well done, Russia!

    March 16, 2011 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ed Bailey

    Only problem about the law is enforcing it.and thanks banasy.

    March 16, 2011 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Spock

    Hi banasy I mean Donna, sorry its ravens fault

    March 17, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    I dont think killing an animal in its sleep is hunting. and Spock, what is it youre trying to accomplish ? you tryin to divide and conquer ?if so ,it wont work cuz i like Banasy.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    And Banasy, Im sorry . It sorta is my fault but it wasnt me who let the cat outta the bag . I did it to myself but no one else .

    March 17, 2011 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Spock

    Suzanne, why do you lie to banasy?

    March 17, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. raven

    Im not lying . and anyone could see if they looked at the posts from last night . Why are YOU lying ?

    March 17, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  13. Spock

    And Raven, I like Banasy more than you.

    March 17, 2011 at 1:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. raven

    Thats very sweet, Im sure shes flattered .

    March 17, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. Spock

    I'm not going to argue with you, I'm glad that you accepted part of the blame, I won't post your ids anymore sorry, there's one condition, you and banasy have to talk to me when I see you

    March 17, 2011 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
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