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Letter to the Editor: Be mindful of our bear population

During the first week of November as I was driving home on Glenshire Drive, we came upon what I thought was a big cat in the road. I jumped out of the car to see if the animal was still alive. The little cinnamon colored mammal turned out to be a very small cub who had just been hit by a pick up truck.

The two bystanders just stood there looking at it and nudging it with their feet, while the man who hit her took off. I abruptly scooped up the little cub writhing in pain and began to run to my car to take her to the vet.

As I carried her, I felt her body go limp and her little light go out. As her eyes glazed over, tears came to my eyes as I tried to feel for a nonexistent pulse. I then wrapped her in a towel and gave her a little hug as I passed her off to the BEAR League. The BEAR League took the little cub and returned her to nature wrapped in my colorful towel.

As residents of this area, we need to be aware and respectful of our wildlife, especially our majestic bears. This was a tragic incident that could have been avoided.

Haley Long

Truckee



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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Nov 16, 2012 12:44PM Published Nov 16, 2012 12:43PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.