Outrage As Hunter Kills Pedals The Famous Upright-Walking Bear

Pedals, the famous upright-walking bear, was tragically killed by a careless hunter during a bear hunt this week in New Jersey.

Today, the Facebook page dedicated to “Pedals The Injured Bipedal Bear” said that a hunter fatally shot the bear with an arrow and bragged about wanting the animal dead for nearly three years. The animal was taken to the Greenpond check station where observers confirmed it was New Jersey’s famous bipedal bear.

Supporters of the famous bear had fears that the bear, who is missing part of his front right leg and has an injured left front paw forcing him to adapt to walking on his hind legs, had been killed in the state’s tragic bear hunt.

The horrific annual hunt is aimed at culling black bear populations after increasing interaction between animals and humans.

We see this as an excuse for hunters to kill bears for a so-called “sport,” while in the wild there are few reports of bears conflicting with humans.

The New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife was forced to reply to the outcry from the public about the apparent killing of Pedals The Bear. They said in a statement on Thursday, “While the Division appreciates the concern for the bear, it has no way of verifying the identify of any bear that has not been previously tagged or had a DNA sample previously taken.”

Pedals became famous on social media after he was first seen walking upright in a New Jersey neighborhood in 2014, strolling through people’s yards and exploring their neighborhood, while not posing any threat to humans.

Many supporters and fans of Pedals the bear had advocated for him to be placed in a sanctuary in New York state, but New Jersey officials have said they would not allow the bear to be captured and transferred to the facility.

The killing of Pedals the bear is incredibly tragic and we hope that the outcry from the public to New Jersey’s division of Fish and Wildlife will end the New Jersey bear hunt for good.

Please contact: 

Main Office (Trenton)

David Chanda, Director
N.J. Division of Fish and Wildlife
Mail Code 501-03
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Fax: 609-984-1414
Walk-in/deliveries: 501 E. State St., 3rd Floor

E-mail the Division of Fish & Wildlife
DEP Hotline – 877-WARN-DEP (877-927-6337) – 24/7 toll-free number for reporting environmental complaints, violations, spills, discharges and emergencies.

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