Don't Exterminate Animals for Acting Like Animals

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / July 25, 2003


Concerning the recent bear attacks in the Kenai area, the policy to exterminate the bears for acting like animals is unnecessary and wrong. A sow protecting her young, and a bear killing a pet are not grounds for extermination.

It's what they do -- protect their young and kill for food.

When will the blame be placed on humans and not the bears? A wandering hiker or fisherman unprepared for a bear encounter or an owner who leaves pets outside should face blame -- not the bears. Though bears are dangerous, there are other ways to solve this problem; either we relocate the bear, or humans act accordingly and close parts of the Kenai and learn to live with the bears in Southcentral Alaska.

-- David Laws, 17 / Anchorage

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