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Letters: Bears aren't cuddly

July 18, 2012

Re "A bear who tweets in the woods," July 14

When will people stop treating wild animals as entertainment?

This poor bear will probably be killed eventually because of the ignorance and unwillingness of people to respect wild animals as they are, not as cartoon characters. If the bear had killed someone's pet or injured a human, people would be crying for its destruction.

The biggest culprits in this drama are the continuing encroachment into wildlife habit by developers and the 2009 Station fire, which reduced hunting ranges and food supplies. But the ultimate problem still rests with humans who think of bears as "friendly."

Stop feeding these animals. Secure your trash and stop giving them handouts because you think they're cute. Remember: Only you can prevent the death of a wayward bear.

Linda Navroth

Los Angeles


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