It has been more than 10 years since the Chinese government banned hunting of black bears, and Wei says biologists believe they are harassing villages because the bear population has grown enough in some areas that the animals can't forage enough food. To get a better handle on bear movements and numbers, biologists want to dart and collar the problem bears. Wei says he is working with the zoologist in charge of the research program and is able to offer this opportunity as a complete hunt package.
The dart hunts will take place in the Sichuan Province and involve five days of guided hunting and accommodations in either a local hotel or fly-in camp. The $6,900 rate covers use of a dart gun and a darting permit, plus ground transportation from the nearest local airport. These hunts will be directed by the science team and guided by locals.
Wei can also arrange for bird hunting and hunting for wild boar and roe deer. He says wild boar numbers are way up, causing extensive crop damage in some areas, so the government is allowing hunting for these animals. The hunts are for four days at $4,500 and take........(continued)