Kathryn Bricker resides in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, is the founder of NoBearHuntNV, a broad coalition of individuals and organizations opposed to the regulation allowing Nevada’s small bear population to be hunted. Kathryn is also the author of American Council on Exercise group fitness specialty book Traditional Aerobics, and has published articles appearing in various professional journals. She is the owner of Danceworks Fitness Continuing Education Service for Fitness Professionals.
Interview by Stephen Thompson, Ph.D.
Welcome to OpenBeast. Tell us about yourself.
I am a typical American woman who enjoys greater freedom of choice than historically given any animal on earth.
What is NoBearHuntNV all about?
NoBearHuntNV is a grass roots organization that formed in 2011 to oppose the first legal bear hunt in Nevada’s history. Despite ninety percent of Nevadans opposing the hunt, the NV Wildlife Commission ruled in favor of 2% of Nevada’s population who are hunters. The organization has now expanded its efforts to include pursuing legislative changes to ensure fair representation of the public on the wildlife commission, as well as to have the bear reclassified as a protected species.
So how did you get involved with the Bear hunting issue?
In October of 2010, I read in the newspaper that the Nevada Dept. of Wildlife was asking for public input on the proposal to begin hunting Nevada’s bears. I organized an on line petition which, I presented opposing the hunt. Most of us were simply residents in bear habitat who have developed a sense of respect and affection towards the bears from living with them. The idea of killing them for sport was both an unacceptable and repulsive idea.
How is NoBearHuntNV funded?
NoBearHuntNV is funded entirely through tax deductible donations. Our board of directors, officers and members work on a volunteer basis.
If our readers want to support, what’s your advice and how can the reach out?
By visiting our website at www.nobearhuntnv.net and clicking the Activists Tools and Donations tabs for information.
Talk to us about your group fitness classes and teaching experience.
I have taught and managed group fitness programming for over 35 years, in addition to serving as chair of American Council on Exercise group fitness certification committee. As a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in NYC, I approach teaching group fitness from a wholistic, mind-body movement lexicon. Human movement evolves in the same stage specific sequence through which the animal kingdom evolved. To regain or maintain one’s birthright movements, a regular practice of certain fundamental movements is critical. Most adults have unconsciously reduced their movement choices to the point of imbalance and consequent vulnerability for injury by falling into patterns of preferential movements.
Any upcoming initiatives you would like to mention?
Yes. NoBearHuntNV will be asking the public to support bills in the 2013 State Legislature both to reconfigure the Wildlife Commission away from the hunter dominated system to one of fair representation of the public, as well as to have the bear reclassified as a protected species. By going to our website www.nobearhuntnv.net and signing up to receive our newsletters, one can receive updates on how to help this and other efforts.
What are your leisure time activities?
I enjoy being outdoors. Usually, that involves hiking, snow shoeing or swimming with my Rottweilers. I also enjoy skiing and sailing.
For more details, visit www.nobearhuntnv.org