Letter to the editor
Re: Grizzly bear mother who killed Calgary hunter in Kananaskis Country and cub will be left alone, Alberta Parks says
“As one of the few remaining grizzly bears in Alberta, it’s important that every one of us is protected, so I was so relieved to hear that I wouldn’t be shot and killed. With so little habitat available to us, I have become very protective of my food and my cub, especially with winter coming. The real issue here is that hunting should not be allowed in areas where grizzly bears live.
I am saddened by this family’s loss but my heart also aches for all the animals and their families who are killed for sport at the hands of a human. When a mother bear, wolf, or cougar is killed, it almost certainly means the deaths of her dependant offspring. This story could have had a much different ending. If I hadn’t been on guard, it’s very likely there would have been three deaths here. The hunter would probably have shot me(legally) in a defensive act, my helpless cub would have starved to death, and the hunter would have continued on to kill a bighorn sheep, his ultimate goal. All this destruction to enable a beautiful, living wild animal to be killed and displayed on someone’s living room wall. I kill to eat or to protect my cub. Can someone tell me why humans have a need to kill, simply for sport?
I hope the citizens of Alberta will contact their representatives and let them know that we’re at a great disadvantage when it comes to people with guns. Grizzly bears are listed as a threatened species, so it seems very hypocritical that we can so easily be shot and killed by a hunter who feels at risk. Furthermore, I hope all hunters and recreationists will carry bear spray and have it easily accessible. It stings my eyes and hurts, but everyone survives to live another day.
I think it’s ridiculous and shortsighted of the provincial government to allow hunting in the areas where grizzly bears are still found. Albertans are stewards of a precious place where some wildness and a few wild animals still exist. Allow us to live in peace.”
Momma grizzly bear
A follow-up to this story has been posted here: Who owns Alberta’s wildlife
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