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BEAR: Will F&W kill the right animal?

Letter by Aaron Dunlap, Gig Harbor on Nov. 10, 2010 at 11:32 am with 7 Comments »
November 10, 2010 12:03 pm

I have a question for the state Fish & Wildlife Department regarding the Gig Harbor bear attack: How do they know exactly which black bear to kill?

Did the woman who was attacked provide an accurate description of this bear? Are there photographs and a few sketches of this exact bear? What if F&W accidentally kills another black bear that was in the same area at the same time?

It is unfortunate that in 2010 our solution to a wildlife attack is to kill the animal. People have to remember that long before we had nice homes around the Gig Harbor area, black bears had nice hunting and feeding grounds. Now the bears don’t have a lot of area to feed. This sounds to me more like a land management issue rather than an angry animal issue.

I agree with the letter writer (11-9) about the dog spooking the bear. This bear was doing nothing more than what an animal (and most humans) would do if it felt threatened: It defended and attacked.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. F & W bears no responsibility for improper euthanizations

  2. I am offended by this bear profiling. It is no more just to stalk this bear because it is black than it is to fondle airline hostesses because they are cute. I suggest fondling the bear and stalking the hostesses.

  3. alindasue says:

    velmak, you go fondle the bear. I prefer to just watch them from a respectful (and safe) distance.

    There really has to be a better way of dealing with wildlife than “euthanization”.

  4. pazzo242 says:

    We are already seeing an increase in these types of “attacks” due to the huge encroachment into the wildlife’s territory. If you want to live that far out from the city then this is the type of thing you will have to put-up with. If you are going to take their feeding ground they will become desperate and aggressive to get food.

    I feel sorry for the woman and she is most likely traumatized by this event, but killing the bear is not the answer. How about relocating it? Or even better, tell this woman to get control of her pet so you don’t frighten the bear into aggressive behavior.

  5. Any black bear that ends up in the trap will be considered the offending animal and euthanized, simply to calm the public.

    Our legal system seems to work in a similar fashion.

  6. aislander says:

    I want the bear to get a fair trial, with a public defender, at least. If we hold vigils and demonstrate for the bear’s rights, perhaps we can get the attention of a high-powered defense attorney who will take on the case on a pro bono basis. John Henry Browne, perhaps…

  7. For all the bleeding hearts out there,all the facts about this encounter have not been brought out!Did the lady antagonize the animal by cursing at it?Did she offer the bear food,then kept it for herself?Did she fail to give up the right of way of passage on the trail?I think a safe distance from which to view bears is the length from my recliner to my TV set,which is showing,Bears Of Alaska!

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