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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 | 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.

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