Bears That Pose Threats to People, Moose
Populations Should be Killed
Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News /
June 17, 2004
I read the story about the relocated bear that was killed in North Pole. To
solve both the rural and urban bear problems, I propose a new division of the
Department of Public Safety called the Division of Human and Pet Protection.
It could be staffed largely with volunteers -- I'll sign up immediately -- who
sign up to kill bears in urban or moose-rich rural areas. I, for one, am really
tired of seeing bears being treated with more respect and consideration than
Why on earth are we spending huge amounts of state money to relocate bears closer
to urban areas? If there's a problem with bears killing moose, then just go out
and kill the darn bears. It'll be a lot cheaper, and I'm sure you will get lots
of moose hunters to sign up.
The urban bear problem is even worse, in my view. Why have we (the dominant species)
allowed ourselves to become subject to the whims of these urban bears and their
biologist-apologists? When are we going to act to protect ourselves, our children
and our pets?
It's just a bunch of lucky coincidences that no humans have been killed in the
Hillside subdivisions or when biking through Far North Bicentennial Park. It's
really just a matter of time, isn't it? Then we'll see an uproar but it will
be too late for the victims.
And before anybody asks the questions -- I was raised in Fairbanks and, no, I'm
not going back where I came from.
Dave Stanley / Anchorage
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