5 replies [Last post]
Offline
Location: Palmer Ak
Joined: 03/24/2007
Posts: 131
Bear gall bladders

I once made the comment that if all North American hunters brought in their gall bladders to send to Asia, it should drive the price down to the point where poaching would not be worth while, the answer from the biologist was to laugh at me and tell me, there were not enough bears harvested to make any difference. I've looked online for Harvest info but in many cases they are several years old, so how many bears are taken in north america, and what do you think, if we all turned in the gall bladders would it make any difference. So far I haven't even been able to get good info on total harvest here in Alaska, but from general info I can find it looks like the total harvest,Canada ,& the lower 48 looks like somewhere between 30 and 40 thousand.

Alex

 

 

groovy mike's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Joined: 03/19/2009
Posts: 2539
maybe

I think a large number end up there anyway.  In the bear hunting camp I went to in Maine it was standard practice to 'tip' the guide with a gift of teh gall bladder.  He was obviously selling them someplace.

Chuck-n-Alaska's picture
Offline
Location: Southcentral Alaska
Joined: 04/26/2007
Posts: 222
I don't think legal selling

I don't think legal selling bear galls would have much affect on the price of them. There several Asian countries, the big one China, raise sun bears and remove the content of their galls with a syringe.

Offline
Location: Palmer Ak
Joined: 03/24/2007
Posts: 131
bear gall bladders

You may be right, but it seems to me that if 30,000 bladders were put on the market every year it might drive prices down to the point where poaching wouldn't pay. Making it illegal means the supply is even more limited and can only drive prices up.If hunters were required to turn in the gall bladders with the harvest report  that number would be reached easily.

Alex

Chuck-n-Alaska's picture
Offline
Location: Southcentral Alaska
Joined: 04/26/2007
Posts: 222
....left up to me they would be legal

aaalaska wrote:

You may be right, but it seems to me that if 30,000 bladders were put on the market every year it might drive prices down to the point where poaching wouldn't pay. Making it illegal means the supply is even more limited and can only drive prices up.If hunters were required to turn in the gall bladders with the harvest report  that number would be reached easily.

Alex

 

If left up to me they would be legal I think the whole logic of making them illegal is flawed. I don't think selling  bear galls is going to lead to a rash of poaching.

hawkeye270's picture
Offline
Grand Slam Challenge Winner!
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Joined: 06/15/2008
Posts: 1862
I understand that you have

I understand that you have good intentions of cutting down on poaching with this idea but I do not think that it would have any beneficial effect. All law abiding hunters hate the fact that poachers are out there stealing resources and making us look bad but I just have a very hard time believing that the legally harvested galls in this country could saturate the market. The demand for gall bladders and bile is just too overwhelming. It would not put a dent in the price for them and it would only serve to help their rediculous cause. I think the best way to end this horrible practice is to educate the idiots that think that tiger penises, shark fins and bear bile are going to help their sex lives! Good luck with getting it through their thick heads though. I can't believe that there are still humans in this world that are so stupid that they believe this stuff.

Related Forum Threads You Might Like

ThreadThread StarterRepliesLast Updated
Anyone giving away a bear? idiom2611/26/2010 06:01 am
Anyone giving away a bear?idiom007/13/2010 21:58 pm
new gall in townlacy_94506/21/2007 21:57 pm
pending recordJOEL601/23/2005 10:29 am
newbiewcox20051601/20/2006 19:44 pm