Dear Editor,

In response to the appalling article on bear hunting last week. Reminds me of an old bumper sticker that said, “Defend your right to arm bears.” If only we could.

Using radio transmitter equipped dogs to track down and tree bears so a “hunter” can shoot it at almost point blank range is barbaric and violates any sense of fair play and may bring into question the motives of  those who partake in it as well.

Most hunters are sportsman in my opinion and when seriously pressed on this question would probably agree that bear hunters are a strange group outside the norm of sportsmanship and fair play.

For all of our board of supervisors to align with this behavior may send a dangerous message to their constituents. Maybe that message is, don’t disagree with anyone from the gun rights fringe. Feeling intimidated, are we supervisors?

Supervisor Armstrong states that this is “part of our rich cultural heritage in Siskiyou County.” Wow! That might qualify as culture somewhere, but not in a modern evolved society.

As far as bears raiding your chicken coop Ms. Armstrong, maybe if the powers that be spent some effort requiring bear proof dumpsters and citing residents that continue to lure bears into human habitat with their irresponsible garbage storage we wouldn’t have “bear problems.”

And the problem is not a bear problem anyway, but a people problem. If you don’t like it, move to some big city where the wildlife doesn’t exist anymore.

And, dear supervisors, hunting with radio transmitter equipped dogs beaming signals back to a directional antenna goes back how far in our “rich cultural heritage”?

Is that how Jedidiah Smith or Daniel Boone “brought home the bacon”?

Eric Matthews
Mount Shasta