I have never written a letter to a newspaper about anything. But I feel this message needs to get get out there.
A bear trap has been set up, to catch a bear that has become habituated to humans. I’m sure the bear that will be trapped and shot. I would like to say a big (sarcastic) THANKS to all the people who leave their garbage out, and leave their fruit unpicked. These actions are what caused the bear to become habituated. The bear’s pending death was totally preventable … but no. Instead a call goes out to the Conservation Officers, saying that this bear is now not easily scared off and that people want him gone![sam id=”15″ codes=”true”]The trap has been set: another habituated bear will be destroyed!
It is NOT the Conservation Officers’ fault. They are not to blame. When you have a bear in your yard, you NEED to ask yourself, “Why is it here?” And then you have to remove the attractant. Human Education is key.
We need to manage the attractants that endanger bears. We need to manage the attractants to protect our community.
Another bear that didn’t have to die will now be shot. And those who encourage bears to become habituated by leaving their garbage out overnight or not cleaning up around their fruit trees are the direct cause. Smarten up.