Letters to the editor: Human error leads to bears’ deaths

Referencing the article in the Anchorage Daily News, “Three bears killed in area of mauling.”

I can’t conceive in my mind’s eye which to be the greater idiocy. To knowingly hike into bear country without a sufficient weapon for defense against a bear attack or the wanton and deliberate slaughter of Alaska’s wildlife whose only crime was to act upon instincts instilled within them by nature ….

While working the North Slope camps in the late 60s, we had bears in nearly every camp. And when they became dangerous, we called Fish and Game, who then flew in from Fairbanks, tranquilitze the bear and then flew it by helicopter, cargo sling, to a location a hundred miels from human activity. And yes it costs some mnoey, but by the same untarnished token. it prevented the possible loss of life.

John A. Anderson

Kenai

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