Letters to the editor for Aug. 19 | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Letters to the editor for Aug. 19

The most recent incident involving a local man shooting a black bear within city limits is totally unacceptable.

If this man felt “threatened,” as he has stated, and knew the bear still was out in the woods, why didn’t he wait until morning to pick up the trash?

Instead, he seemingly made a conscious decision to go back into his home, load his gun and pursue/shoot the bear.

The city police, sheriff’s department, the BEAR League and Wildlife Care are there to help in dealing with bear issues. We do not need bullets flying around in our neighborhoods ” nor do we need an animal that has been shot, wandering around injured and left to die.

If animalproof containers were mandatory, this would be a nonissue.

What is it going to take for our elected officials to seriously address this ongoing garbage problem at Tahoe?

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Every day, you can see dilapidated garbage cans overflowing with trash throughout South Shore neighborhoods, as well as open Dumpsters, filled with garbage that is an easy (and unhealthy) food source for our wildlife, not to mention the health risks involved.

Yosemite has set a wonderful example of what Lake Tahoe officials need to look at. Park officials have successfully addressed human vs. black bear encounters by holding people responsible for securing their trash. People are fined if they ignore the park’s policies.

Yosemite National Park has thousands of visitors each day, who are informed from the moment they enter the park: Follow the rules or face a fine. The number of black bears killed has dropped significantly since Yosemite implemented the new trash policies.

It’s time that people are held accountable for leaving open and unsecured trash out ” creating problems for everyone, including our bears.

The fact that Yosemite educates thousands of visitors each day suggests Lake Tahoe should be able to make necessary changes regarding our vacationing population, and permanent residents as well.

Hopefully it won’t take someone being caught in the crossfire from another angry local before our officials finally take this problem seriously.

C.E. McCreagh

Christmas Valley

I am writing in response to the Tribune’s article on people “biking under the influence” (July 29). Bicycling in Tahoe is a way of life for many people, and as we all know, so is drinking for many in this town. In my 12 years in Tahoe, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who hasn’t gotten a DUI here, except myself. Many of my friends and co-workers (and myself) often like to kick back and have a couple of drinks after work, and for this reason, we ride our bikes to work instead of driving. Now, Tahoe is “cracking down” on bicyclists under the influence? Haven’t they got anything better to do?

I would really be interested to see the statistics on how many people are involved in accidents here with intoxicated bicyclists. The reason many people ride bikes after they have visited a bar is not only to enjoy the outdoor beauty of Tahoe, but also to not endanger themselves or others by getting in a car. You may suggest to simply take a cab, but the taxi prices in this town are out of this world. I live less than three miles from Stateline, and a cab costs me between $11 and $13 (not including tip).

I just think this law is a little bit harsh. Obviously, being drunk in public is not acceptable, but there is a difference between that and simply riding home on your bike after having a few drinks. Not only is biking a healthy transportation alternative, it’s also good for the environment and great for Tahoe traffic. (Not to mention fun!) And personally, I would much rather be involved in an accident with an intoxicated bicyclist than an intoxicated person driving an SUV any day of the week.

Sarah Binks

South Lake Tahoe