An Interesting Dart Hunt In China for Asian Black Bear


Published: August - 2008

According to Wang Wei of China Adventure Travel, it is only hunting for species on China's National Wildlife Protection List that has been suspended. That list includes important hunting species such as blue sheep and argali. But international hunters can still hunt for a number of other animals, namely roebuck, wild boar and birds, including pheasant, pigeon and chukar. Although China is a long way to go just to hunt roe buck and wild boar, Asian black bears could make the trip worthwhile to hunters would like to add this species to their list. Wei says the bear population has increased so much in Southwest China that they are causing crop damage on farms and are even damaging the homes of villagers. This year alone 26 villages in the Gongshan County of Yunnan Province have reported problems with bears, and traditional scarecrows, bells and dogs are proving ineffective.

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)

 
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