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.
August 31, 2009 |
Jay Cutler got the last laugh. The Pro Bowl quarterback, who forced a blockbuster trade out of Denver last spring and became the Chicago Bears' first franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman , returned to Invesco Field on Sunday night and led his new team to a 27-17 exhibition win over the Broncos. Cutler disregarded the thousands of hecklers, including Broncos pass rusher Elvis Dumervil , in leading Chicago on three scoring drives, capped by a 12-play, 98-yarder just before halftime that gave the Bears a 17-3 lead.
January 2, 2014 |
The Chicago Bears didn't wait long to answer one of the biggest questions of the NFL off-season. The Bears announced Thursday they had signed Jay Cutler to a seven-year contract extension, ending the speculation they might allow the strong-armed quarterback to become a free agent. Although Cutler played well under first-year Coach Marc Trestman, he missed six games because of injury. That opened the door for backup Josh McCown, who completed 66.5% of his passes with 13 touchdowns and one interception, leading to speculation the Bears might cut loose the expensive Cutler and use McCown as a bridge until they found a new, young quarterback to develop.
December 14, 2003 |
Timothy Treadwell, the avowed bear man of the Alaska wilderness, lived poor and little known for most of his 46 years despite a desire for the spotlight of celebrity. He claimed to have led a life of drugs, brawls and booze until, in the late 1980s, he found his way to the grizzlies, most recently in Katmai National Park and Preserve on the Alaska Peninsula about 300 miles southwest of Anchorage. His cause: to save them from hunters and poachers who apparently didn't exist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 1996
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 11, 1990
In only a few short weeks, the community of Big Bear, overcome by Cocomania, has given the public an education unsurpassed in local history (Part A, March 27). It has taught us that misguided passion (not to be confused with compassion) has united residents and politicians alike, openly disregarding state laws and demeaning and threatening those who enforce them. It has maximized tourism through the sales of T-shirts and beverages topped with gummy bears and littered mountain roads with distracting signs.