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Letter — Bears shouldn’t have been killed

A serious wrong has been committed. The mother bear and her cubs at Spring Creek should never have been killed.

1. Trapping and killing bears on Forest Service land is a flat-out disgrace.

2. The Henderson’s unoccupied cabin was stocked with food, which attracted the bears.

3. The Henderson’s cabin was not properly secured.

4. The bars killed may not have been the “Offenders.”

For these reasons a depredation permit should not have been issued by Fish & Game.

We all grow up with an affection for bears. As children, we take teddy bears to bed to comfort. Bears are immortalized in children’s literature (as in “Winnie the Pooh” books) and we are all fond of the friendly Forest Service icon, Smokey the Bear. It is horrifying and ironic that on Forest Service land, the real-life “relatives” of Smokey the Bear were gunned down by government employees.

Unfortunately, the Forest Service has no jurisdiction regarding wildlife and the Department of Fish and Maim is committed to only lethal methods of bear control. We need a government agency that will protect and defend the bears. P.S. I urge everyone to please support and join the BEAR League (530) 525-7297.

Bruce Linderman

Spring Creek Tract

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