Heidi Kretser, an assistant adjunct professor in DNR, was recently interviewed for an NPR story on a new rule in New York that would prevent the illegal trade of black bear parts. The parts are usually taken from bears in upstate NY and sold to Asian apothecaries and restaurants in NYC. There have been 66 complaints of black bear poaching in New York over the last few years, with some of the incidents resulting in a black bear that was harvest solely for its gall bladder and paws. The new legislation does not ban the trade of black bear parts, but rather, make it more regulated and require documentation from the trade.
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