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Park bear didn't deserve to die

Published in NY NEWSDAY, 8/21/05:

Last week a black bear curiously poked at some sleeping campers - in a state park known to have bears - while another camper videotaped him. The bear backed away when the campers awoke. All major news networks reported this as a "dangerous attack!"

They further reported that this poor animal was hunted down and killed as a result of this incident, though the only "injury" was a minor welt. You can get a "minor welt" by scratching your nose - it's the equivalent of "nothing happened."

If these campers had not camped out in a park known to have bears - meaning they were in the bear's home - they could have avoided the "minor welt."

The blood of this sad animal is on their hands, and on the hands of the media who seek to incite the public against animals who have as much right to be here as we do. We have to learn how to live with species, especially bigger ones," rather than the now-prevalent "Kill 'em all."

Kiley Blackman


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