Im my opinion, no, tags didnt fall off.
That’s pretty neat.Possibly, but not necessarily. There are several reasons for ear tags. Sometimes G&F will tag them on a den survey. I killed a bear several years ago with double ear tags. Turns out it was tagged as a cub on a den survey. They were able to tell me how old it was and how far it had moved based on the tag numbers.
IDK...but, I'll try.why? Can you honestly give a good reason? Other than they tear up your deer feeder.
IDK...but, I'll try.
My reasoning is purely selfish. I don't think a bear contributes very much to our(Arkansas) ecological system. They may eat a bit of carrion after hibernation, but I don't see them cleaning up the highways of carrion like a buzzard. They are just as likely to kill a newborn fawn. Too lazy to work for a meal. They are opportunistic scavengers. Other than worm dirt, what do they contribute? They have a place here on Earth or God wouldn't have put them here. I guess "Kill them all." is just an expression for kill them to a ratio of 1 per every 200,000 acres.
There were many reasons our ancestors killed them...not just for oil. They were a nuisance then and the are a nuisance now, because of population growth; human and bear. We all see how the G&F has let the hogs take over many portions of the State. Native/non-native is not the issue. The issue is the ineptitude of the G&F. Turkey, quail, rabbit have all declined mostly due to predation. So, why re-establish another potential predator? And, why do it in an unnatural way? (relocating problem bears with known, learned, problematic behaviors) They are more likely to look for a trash can rather than an acorn.
Having a big one come into camp after midnight one night will make you want them dead. We have kids of all ages at camp. The "what ifs" are not fun to consider. Had one tear a camper up for a few tea spoons of honey.
I just don't like them. I am happy that some of y'all get off on hunting them. I bet it is a rush to have one come in and shoot it.
I hope they open a season down south that coincides with squack season.