State Senator Withdraws Proposal To Ban Bear Hunting

When California Senator Scott Wiener (D) introduced a bill that would ban bear hunting in California, sportsmen and -women clapped back.

Whether it was the deciding factor, it can be argued that the backlash was enough to convince the senator to cancel the legislation before being sent to the floor for a vote.

Ryan Sabalow of the Sacramento Bee has the details on the now scrapped idea:

With more pressing issues such as the pandemic underway, the senator felt “this isn’t the time to focus on this right now,” Catie Stewart, a spokesman for Sen. Scott Wiener, told The Sacramento Bee on Monday. …

… In just a few days, state and national hunting associations organized a massive online activism campaign that urged those who supported Californians’ right to hunt the bears to contact legislators.

More than 21,000 people signed a petition opposing Wiener’s bill.