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 humans.

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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