Bear-hunting article misinforms the public

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014 - 1:10 pm

Re "New state law banning dogs in hunting curbs bear deaths" (Viewpoints, Jan. 4): Jennifer Fearing of The Humane Society of the United States must think most readers who don’t hunt can be persuaded by emotionally charged and misinformed opinions. She refers to highly trained, electronically monitored hunting dogs as being unsupervised. She claims we can't rely on the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to track how many bears the state has, in spite of game biologists diligently working in the field. She states that bear travel is limited to Tahoe and foothill communities north of Los Angeles, but there have been many bear sightings south to the Mexican border. She calls bear hunting "trophy hunting" when the entire animal, including its delicious meat and valuable fat are favored by many. This topic deserves a responsible commentary that provides readers with the facts.

-- John Kunkle, Diamond Springs

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