A Poem For Bears – Written to protest the Florida Bear Hunt

Beware when walking in the forest
for there are beasts who walk among you
They hide deep in the woods and disguise
themselves so you can’t see them.
They put out bait to lure you nearby so they
can have the best shot at you possible. I know
this is not fair. But they have their rights they say.
This is the way, they say.
They don’t care how you have fought for your life.
How you have walked hundreds of miles to find food
and mates in fragmented forests that have been
stripped of your food sources. They don’t care that
you have litter failure and many of your cubs don’t
survive. They don’t care that you have low reproduction
rates and sometimes you don’t even give birth until you are six.
Or that many of you are eaten by your own, a phenomena known
among many species.
They don’t care if there aren’t many of you because they
will kill anything that lives no matter how few there are.
They will take you and haul you off to be gutted and skinned.
To be mounted and processed so they can show everyone
what a keen hunter they are.
They are savage beasts. They steal the forests of all of
your trees, your bushes, your berries and seeds. They
don’t want you near them for they are not able to learn.
They cannot learn how to live with you. They cannot learn
how to do anything but kill you. This is what they call “sport.”
This is what they call “fun.” For you it’s death. And for your
cubs it’s starvation.
Sadly, if you go outside of the forest it’s even worse. They will run over you
with their vehicles, tempt you to come to their yards then call someone to come kill you.
Your caretakers are not your friends. They are your enemies.
They don’t care about you but for their own fun, they will kill you.
And they will say it was for your own good.
Be safe, hide good. And don’t come out of the woods. Your future
is not good. You must do all you can to protect yourselves. Oh,
I’m sorry, you can’t use guns. Only the beasts can. ~~D. Rhodes

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A Poem For Bears – Written to protest the Florida Bear Hunt

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