Bear Killing Not Necessary; People
Must Learn to Coexist with Animals
to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / June 19,
Not long ago, our upper Rabbit Creek neighborhood had a grizzly take down a
cow moose in my neighbor's yard. Over the time of a week and a half, the bear
ate it. All the neighbors were informed of the bear's presence and we kept watch
of our children and dogs. The bear moved off when the moose-kill was gone.
It's a shame that some people think (or react) with their trigger finger to
shoot a bear that was just doing its thing. The bear and moose have been interacting
thusly for thousands of years. Regarding the bear shooting in Willow, the only "crazy" thing
was shooting the bear because the dog was too stupid to come into the house when
the owner commanded.
Are we putting our homes in Alaska to live with and observe nature, tame it,
dominate it or drive it to extinction? In my mind, one less grizzly, with the
cubs in a zoo cage, is a shame. The loss of a dog is no great loss. The dog should
suffer the consequences of its stupidity, not the bear.
Pete Robinson / Anchorage
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