Wildlife Officials Review Hunting Rules

DENVER (CBS4) – On Wednesday the Colorado Division of Wildlife is set to get its first look at a proposal to change some hunting rules in Colorado.

The issue is whether hunters should be allowed to kill animals in their dens.

Last year a hunter near Craig tracked a 700 pound black bear to its den and shot it.

When CBS4 talked to officials with the department they admitted it was not illegal. Officials did, however, question the ethics of the hunt.

“There are certainly ethical standards within the hunting community; don’t shoot ducks on a pond, don’t shoot turkeys on a roost, don’t shoot bears in a den,” Randy Hampton department spokesman with the Division of Wildlife said.

Other states like Pennsylvania and Michigan have adopted rules to ban den hunting.

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  • Rick

    He must be so proud ;-(

  • Steve

    I preface this with the fact that I only agree with hunting and killing when it is necessary or you live on the food it provides.

    This guy is no hunter and shouldnt be allowed to hunt. I agree with the DOW on the ethical question.

  • Don

    Wow! He must feel like a REAL MAN

  • Juan

    I am an advocate of hunting rights and privileges. But what this individual did is Not hunting, it’s barbaric!! Plain and simple! I wished that in some way, he could sit in his home doused in a scent that bears like and let them have their way with him!!! This individual, I cannot even call him a man, because he isn’t a man!!!! Hes a cowardly little person who doesn’t have the balls to actually do the right thing!!! What a F–k of a human being. He should Never be allowed to have a hunting license for Anything ever again, in any state, nor a fishing license for that matter. He should be left in the wild naked and without defense in bear country and see how he fairs. Good luck girly guy. You and your smug grin, what a laugh you are!!!!!


  • thomas

    this man should be taken out with a round off buck shot.

  • Tom in Colorado

    Let’s face it, this idiot represents the cowardly mongoloids that still hunt in the US, not for food, but to kill. These are the same cowards who fight so hard for gun rights, claiming that they are mature enough to know how to use guns. Let’s hope someone can locate this coward and make his life miserable.

  • Bill

    I’m sure the DOW should have more important thing to do with our moneys than whine about a bear kill, which is not illegal, more law is what our goverment seems to be conserned with. Come on give us a break.

    • Rick

      Are you one of those that hunts with no regard or morals?

  • Michi

    Thank you to DOW.

    Apparently some people who regard hunting as a sport do not know what sport is. When one participant has zero chance of winning, it cannot be called a sport. Except by what Juan (see his post) called a “girly guy”

  • John

    ‘For all those folks throwing their opinions into the mix, here is mine – unless you were personally there you really do not know what happened. The facts are… Mr. Kendall killed a bear using a legal weapon during a legal season with legal methods. Period. If you have never hunted an animal with rifle or bow then you have no idea what even possibly took place. Those of you who have spent anytime in the woods may have some idea. Regardless, we were not there. I do not agree with any modification in our hunting regulations based on conjecture or half truths or perceived ethics. This will only result in more hunting opportunities being taken away. If this situation was prevalent or warranted closer examination by the DOW don’t you all think that would have happened by now? Please take the emotion out of this discussion and base your comments on the facts… this is just another witch hunt similar to what happened to spring bear hunting and trapping. And for all those hypocrites… here is one for you, people who live in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones or he who is with out sin cast the first stone.’ This would not even have made the news if the bear was not a potential state record.

  • Ron

    John, seriously, you and this idiot with that pathetic smile in the picture up there are complete morons. Just admit you like to kill things for no reason. You are a sick breed of human (I compare you to Japanese Fishermen) and I agree with Steve, if you hunt for a reason (umm to live), you will not hear a peep from me. If you hunt for a trophy, someone should kick your ace. Hunters pay taxes, keep our wildlife free, blah blah blah, I understand controlling Deer populations, but it is not like we have an overwhelming amount of bears around. Thanks DOW!

  • Pete

    Laws are needed because of people like Mr. Kendall. The majority of us have common sense.

  • Terry

    Ron, seriously, you must never leave his home or pay attention to the news. There are many issues with the bears populations each year. Ask the owner of “Fifi” living in the foothills. So, if hunting bothers you so much, PLEASE move back to New York City and bury your head in the sea of concrete.

    “Tom in Colorado”, who died and left you as God? Typical reaction for a person who thinks he has a greater moral cause than somebody else and justifies to himself becoming the executioner by calling for to “make his life miserable”. I suspect you live in Boulder. Most there seem to think they knew what is best for everybody else therefore that gives them the right to shove it down my throat. Please follow Ron to New York City.

  • Jesus

    Terry, you are out of control with your nonsense. If you don’t like living with bears in their natural habitat, maybe you should shove off to NYC or some trailer trash town in the south.

    What a loser!

  • Michi

    Is this Richard Kendall of Pioneer Pilot car biz in Craig?

  • Ron

    Hi Terry, the issues you talk about regarding bears are produced by us. Not securing your garbage, people by the thousands migrating to the foothills. It is the same thing when people talk about wildfires and the destruction to their property. You take the inherent risk when you live out there. Killing bears is not the answer. Mitigating the amount of people, Education of how to co-exist, and making sure the folks that are out there genuinely respect the wilderness. Those are your solutions. I mean is that not why you move out there, to be closer to the wilderness? Your rational boggles my mind. Idiocy at it’s finest!

    • Terry

      Ron, you are repeating the same old tripe I’ve heard all my life, “just educate those people”. Since you are so passionate on this, I assume you will be starting this weekend, knocking on every door and “educating” them…or do you “expect the government” to do it for you?
      And just who gets to decide who gets to live in the foothills? A self-serving, thinks he knows it all egotist such as yourself?

  • Ron

    Let me be more specific, killing bears in their dens has nothing to do with culling the bear population or solving specific problems regarding bears in the foothills. If a bear breaks into your house, by all means you are within your right to defend yourself and your family. But breaking into a bear’s house and killing it is OK? Great logic.

  • Ron

    No disrespect to people who have been affected by wildfires, and bravo to the folks who do the right thing, spend the money, and fireproof their land. The same would go for people preventing bears from messing your trash, house, etc. It is preventable. People are just too lazy, but yet still want to live right up next to real wilderness.

  • Michi

    The state Wildlife Commission is drafting a new rule to ban people from hunting bears in their dens.

    Suzanne O’Neill was quoted as saying “We think it is critical that fair chase is the cornerstone of ethical hunting.” She is executive director of CO Wildlife Federation.

    Maybe they will name this new law “The Kendall Law” to honor this mighty hunter.

  • Maggie

    It is unfortunate that we have to legislate morals, ethics and proper behavior. This Mr. Kendall is not sportsman, and he is the type of person that gives hunters a bad rap. I do not like hunting, but, knowing it happens, I respect the hunter that respects the animal he takes. Mr. Kendall is nothing more than arrogant. He killed this bear only for a trophy. This magnificent animal had no chance and Kendall may have just as well gotten a trophy on eBay for the “skill” if you want to call it that, he used here. Kendall can now have his cold dead animal trophy. What he does NOT have is the respect of ethical hunters and the public. He should reflect on his lack of morals and ethics, but, after considering what he did, he is not the type of person who will. He should never be allowed to “hunt” again. He is a very sad sad example of a human being.

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