Letter — End hunting in our forests now | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letter — End hunting in our forests now

For the whole of each autumn armed men with dogs invade our tranquil neighborhood and our neighbors disappear one by one. It is an unhappy time in the midst of plenty. The countless roads enable men following their gang of radio-collared dogs to drive very close to the kill site, the unlucky place where my treed neighbor will die. Four weeks ago, a bear named Sally, was the last bear in my neighborhood to be killed. For four years we have watched her play and mature and have learned her ways. We knew her mother who was killed last year. We mourn for these wonderful and good neighbors. California Fish and Game sell unlimited tickets to this zoo hunt, but from the Sierra’s perspective, it is one more ouch on a bruised mountain range. Cubs are orphaned and starve routinely.

The easy mix of “radio” dogs, roads and jumbo four wheelers is a sad caricature of the hunter’s game. We cannot allow this cruelty to flourish in our state. I urge all citizens to e-mail their representatives. This sadness in our forests must end now.

Bill Andreasen

Sierra Mountains

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