I want to make clear that I am posting this out of a genuine interest in being educated in order to have greater appreciation of bear baiting. It's a method of hunting that I'm biased against and I communicate that bias to people I converse with about hunting issues. I have some suspicion that my bias is based at least partly on ignorance, and I'd like to be corrected.
With that introduction I beg people not to get on here and chime in on how opposed to bear baiting they are. This thread isn't the place for that. This part of the forum isn't the place for that. If you want to pee and moan about baiting, you can PM me, and I may join you, but not on this thread. Understood? Thanks.
Also, thanks in advance for anybody who engages me productively on this thread. If the thread goes south I take full responsibility and apologize greatly in advance.
So, my question is this: My problem with bear baiting is that I assume that it habituates bears to human food sources. I perceive that this presents both a safety hazard to humans who may be approached by bears for food, and a nuisance hazard in that it may cause bears to be more persistent in their quest to find food in my cabin, under my cabin, inside my snowmachine seat, etc. Am I off base in the above assumptions. Is there a reason that I shouldn't view such habituation as being a persuasive reason to not participate in baiting? Is there anything that responsible bear baiters do to minimize the habituation of bears or impact to humans due to such habituation?
I'm seriously interested in your thoughts, and am hopeful that I come away from this thread with a greater appreciation for what you do. If nobody wants to respond, I understand that as well.