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Do these people have a clue. It's a shame. I only wish us outdoorsmen and women would stick together like them. Get bear though.
 

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Here's a couple of letters in the New Jersey Herald the same day as Utter's story. 12/12/05

Editor:
I am not a hunter and I love to
watch all animals in the wild. I
hate to see them killed, but realize
there are times when this
must be done. I spend much time
in the Delaware Water Gap
National Recreation Area, not
only as a member of the Walpack
Historical Society, but also as a
volunteer for the National Park
Service. Walpack and the former
Pahaquarry townships, both of
which are entirely within the park
area, are the least populated
areas in the state. There are
fewer people living there now
than there were in the 16th and
17th centuries.
Here, one can see wild animals
of all kinds: deer, bear, fox, beaver,
skunk, raccoon, river otter, coyote
and occasionally a wildcat.
Except for the bear and coyote,
which can and will kill any of
these other animals but the
skunk, there are no other natural
predators. This is the kind of area
where these animals belong.
Most of us who now live in the
suburbs are not native to these
areas. We moved here from the
city or some other populated
area. As we did, it gradually took
away some of the area where
these animals lived until finally it
took away so much that the animals
did not have enough natural
food available in the wild area to
survive. Thus, our lawns and
shrubs became fair game for the
deer and garbage fair game for
the bears.
The bears go after the garbage
because it is a relatively easy target
but I don’t see how putting the
garbage in bear-proof containers
is going to solve the problem. If
anything, it is going to cause a
much more dangerous situation
— because, without garbage, the
danger to our pets, small farm
animals and even small children
will increase or the bears are
going to starve.
There is only one solution to
our problem. Cut down both the
deer and bear populations to the
point where they can survive in
what open area they have left and
stop taking away open areas for
development.
We have got to stop thinking of
the bear as a cuddly, stuffed animal
we slept with as children and
deer as cute, spotted Bambis.
These animals grow up and
become not only a nuisance, but a
danger to humanity unless their
numbers are properly controlled.
Leonard R. Peck
Sparta

Hunting ‘yarns’
not wanted
Editor:
Tuesday’s piece on the New
Jersey bear hunt read more like a
piece from a hunting magazine
than from a respected newspaper.
It detailed the glory of the
hunt by individuals and upbeat
quotes from the Division of Fish
and Wildlife, “balancing” the
story with quoted displeasure by
“animal rights groups.”
But where was the science?
Where was information from biologists
on the need for and impact
of the hunt on bear populations?
Why do state population estimates
range from 1,600 to 3,200
animals — a huge difference?
How many bears are needed to
maintain a genetically-healthy
population?
What is the premise of the lawsuit?
Can population control be
achieved by other methods such
as birth control? Who sits on the
Fish and Game Council that
approves a hunt? (Two years ago
it was strictly a panel of hunters,
without representatives from science
or conservation — making
it a science-free and self-interested
decision.)
I’m a journalist who has written
on this topic in the past; in the
future, I’d rather see facts in the
newspaper than hunting yarns.
Sharon Guynup
Hoboken
 

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Who is that - Ron Burgundy in the protest photo?

Nice mullet.
 

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Seeing as they want to bring God into this:-

From the book of Timothy, chapter 4, verses 1-4

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils . . . Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
 

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Can population control be
achieved by other methods such
as birth control? Who sits on the
Fish and Game Council that
approves a hunt? (Two years ago
it was strictly a panel of hunters,
without representatives from science
or conservation — making
it a science-free and self-interested
decision.)
I’m a journalist who has written
on this topic in the past; in the
future, I’d rather see facts in the
newspaper than hunting yarns.
Sharon Guynup
Hoboken
Well Sharon - go to www.conserveNJbears.org for your answers.
 

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From the book of Timothy, chapter 4, verses 1-4

"Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils . . . Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."
Just felt it was worth repeating.
 

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if you ever see the people with the orange shirts that read " WOUNDED BEAR RESCUE" theyre truely dumb.wats the point of that shirt, its not like they can go up to a wounded bear and try to get it without being eaten alive first, wat losers
 

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well, the best answer for the " Wounded Bear Rescue " at the Wayawanda bear check in station on opening day of the season was , and I quote, "If they were so commited to the rescue, then they should of dressed up in bear outfits and run thru the woods to draw the fire" unquote... I think that's a fine idea!
P.S. ( quote was from a law officer and I fell off my chair laughing )
 
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