I have been outraged by human behavior many times. In fact, it is almost a daily occurrence for me, especially if I watch the news. This, however, is the first time I have been moved to write a letter to the editor.
The situation with the black bear that was killed recently is inconceivable to me! Why on earth was this bear not tranquilized and relocated?! He was not slain by a parent protecting his young children, nor is there any other (almost) plausible explanation for the way this situation was handled.
In the first sentence of their mission statement, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service claims to "protect" wildlife resources. This bear was given less protection than "rare beetles" in Kentucky (look it up)! I can only imagine that this was an opportunity for big boys to play with guns and make themselves feel like big men. A trophy kill in disguise. Revolting.
As German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer stated in his book The Basis of Morality, "Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man."
ANN CUNNINGHAM, Richland