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Wild Animals Shouldn't be Treated Like Pets

Letters / Juneau Empire / April 20, 2005

I am writing in regard to Richard Campbell's letter that was published in the April 8 paper about the wolf and the situation between the wolf and his family dog. A family pet is loved, trusted and treated as part of the family. So when the family pet turns on the family or attacks anyone else, it should be put to sleep. Wild animals, however, shouldn't be treated as family pets because they aren't family pets. >From squirrels to wolves to bears, all are wild and should be treated with caution. A squirrel could bite you and give you rabies, no matter how cute and cuddly it may look. The wolf didn't hunt this beagle down and slaughter it. The beagle chased after the wolf in the wolf's own territory, and the wolf defended himself. Shame on the beagle's owner. What should the wolf do when "attacked?" Please consider this before making your decision to kill a rare and beautiful animal.

Brian Bosik / Juneau

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