* The stoning and killing of a young black bear in Yosemite National Park by members of a Boy Scout troop raises disturbing questions ("Criminal Probe Targets Scouts in Bear's Death,"Aug. 17). The Humane Society urges law enforcement authorities to take appropriate action if the stoning is determined to be an act of cruelty rather than self-defense.
There can be no questions, however, about the motives of other people who are killing bears in California. Starting in late August and running through December, trophy hunters will kill more than 1,500 bears for the animals' heads and hides. It is the largest bear kill west of Minnesota.