Fish and Wildlife Should Cite People
Who Kill Bears Just for Being Bears

Letters to the Editor / Anchorage Daily News / June 26, 2004

Since when is killing a bear for feeding on a moose calf "defense of life and property" ("Zoo fills up with bears as Willow shooting makes 2 more orphans," June 14)? The shooter should be cited and fined for rash action toward a bear just being a bear.

I'm sure it may have seemed like the right thing to do at the time, but in this instance, Fish and Wildlife Protection should have been notified and the bear family relocated. Living in Alaska ensures that you will be in contact with wild animals. Knowing what to do if you live in an area with potential wildlife contact will enable you to live in harmony and lessen the necessity for other people to scramble as they try to find homes for unnecessarily orphaned cubs.

-- Pam Ables / Kenai

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