Bears should be protected

Print Article

Letter written to Gov. Matt Mead of Wyoming...

As a neighboring Montana citizen, I am so proud of my state wildlife officials for having resisted pressure from “special interest groups” that somehow believe that they should have the right to shoot the very creatures that the rest of us are all spending our tax dollars to save. We want them, and the places they need in order to survive and thrive, protected. If you like all of your bears stuffed, hanging on walls, or in captivity, then you belong in a museum, a zoo, or a bar. You don’t belong in charge of live bears or their living conditions.

Our states can continue to thrive and expand our economic opportunities if we just take care of these critters and keep the things and places that live only in our northwest Rocky Mountain areas alive and healthy. They are a magnificent heritage.

These bears amaze people. Visitors come from all over the world for a chance to see one of these magnificent creatures. They, in themselves, not to mention our other magnificent top predators, and all those who form the chain of wildlife, create a base for an ever-increasing economy for those states that still enjoy their presence. You, of all people know that by far the large majority of our state earnings come from out of state visitors, and people who move here for the “quality of life” (read: clean air, water, beautiful scenery and access to the awesome public lands, natural parks and wildlife that live in them). It is a fiction that we have to sell “kill permits” to rich hunters, in order to keep wildlife around. This is just robbing Peter to pay Paul, a silly strategy no matter where it’s applied.

Think of our states and their traditional economies: mining, timber, hunting and some cattle and sheep ranching. Any way, you see it, no matter whose fault it is or isn’t, the climate and the shortage of water, especially in the west of the country, is making agriculture and animal husbandry very difficult to impossible, and it’s getting worse all the time. What happens when all the ore, oil, gas, forests and grazing and water for the animals are gone? Are we all just going to up and leave the stubble and rubble and poisoned water?

Our state needs a modern economy, a sustainable economy. It’s time to help the rest of us preserve a valuable resource that belongs to, and can earn a living for, all of us here in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Don’t kill the golden goose, er, bear.

Carol Edwards

Polebridge

Print Article

Read More Letters to the Editor

Concerns about Sperry fire

July 18, 2018 at 8:02 am | Hungry Horse News This letter is written in response to the Review of Fire at Glacier National Park’s Sperry Chalet released by the National Park Service on June 21, 2018. The report was reactive in nature and stress...

Comments

Read More

Fire prevention helps economy

July 11, 2018 at 6:57 am | Lake County Leader Nature is one of Montana’s greatest treasures, and wildfire occurs each summer only because we’re so fortunate to live amid millions of acres of unspoiled forests and prairies. Although wildfire play...

Comments

Read More

Planners sought for elementary upgrades

July 04, 2018 at 7:55 am | Lake County Leader Dear Members of the School District Six Community: As many of our district facilities age, The Columbia Falls School District Six Trustees have determined that a review of our elementary facilities ...

Comments

Read More

GNP should take dust seriously

June 06, 2018 at 8:04 am | Hungry Horse News Years ago, concerned about the dust from the North Fork Road that I saw crossing the North Fork river and onto the glaciers ­— I asked GNP officials how many air quality monitoring stations they had....

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(406) 892-2151
PO BOX 189, 926 Nucleus Avenue
Columbia Falls, MT 59912

©2018 Hungry Horse News Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X