Shot bear was taken unfair advantage of. By Whitehorse Star on May 29, 2013
Re: “Shooting of bear hurt a lot of people” (Star, May 24).
The legal destruction of yet another bear is a deadly indication of “wildlife management” gone wrong!
Is the Department of Environment truly serious about addressing human/wildlife conflicts with respect to bears?
If so, why are they issuing permits to kill/destroy (they call it “harvest”) bears soon after and prior to hibernation? Is this ethical?
How is killing when you don’t need to kill, respecting wildlife?
Regardless of one’s opinion/position on hunting (killing) , these bears have been habituated to humans who showed no threat to them.
The person who killed this animal took full advantage of this situation and destroyed his life.
Bears and other wildlife need and deserve protection from humans. And humans need to lose the right to kill them if the department truly backs its words with respect to protecting wildlife. Being hypocritical is killing wildlife.
Guns don’t kill wildlife; people kill wildlife, with guns!
Let video tape tell the true story By Whitehorse Star on May 31, 2013
Re: “MLAs protest Alaska-set show’s Yukon namesake” (Star, April 26).
This is an open letter to independent MLA Darius Elias and Environment Minister Currie Dixon.
Trapping animals is cruel and inhumane by nature – no matter if it’s done in Alaska, Yukon or some other planet.
Other than the fact that traps are not selective – as they can and do pose the same cruel and sad fate to “non-target” animals.
How exactly do trappers in Yukon end the life of victims of the trapping industry after potentially being restrained for days by strangulation snares or leghold traps? If their lives are not ended by gunshot, then how? Are they not clubbed to death?
Do trappers step/stomp on the victim’s neck or head? How, then? Inquiring minds want to know.
Or, are you deliberately trying to mislead the public that trapping wild animals in Yukon is not cruel and inhumane by nature?
Perhaps you could have real Yukon trappers permit full video footage on their traplines – and the public can decide for themselves exactly what the trapping industry is built on.