By Eileen Small
September 04, 2007
I read with interest the opinion of one reader endorsing not
killing or trapping bears in the city and I completely disagree.
I live off the Schoenbar bypass and last year when I arrived
home from work I was met by a bear at my trash can. I tried
all the tricks of making noise etc to get the bear to leave so
I could get out of my car and go into my home---all to no avail!
The bear leapt across the can and came straight at me! I called
the local authorities who came out and anesthetized every tree
in the forest behind my home---AND MISSED THE BEAR!
Last week, I woke up to noises in my kitchen at 4:45 a.m. To
make a long story short, I discovered that a large sow with a
cub had torn the screen off my kitchen window, opened the sliding
window and had literally come INSIDE my kitchen where it ate
peaches on my counter and ate and spilled a pot of cooking oil
on my kitchen counter. The bear "spooked" and went
BACK out my window causing further damage, getting away before
myself and my significant other could get "locked and loaded"
or the bear would be in that great forest in the sky as I write
I realize that I am originally from Texas but I look at it this
way: If some conservationist wants to live with bears all over
them--thern they should do so. When a tragic but inevitable
accident occurs, they should suffer the consequences as they
basically got what they asked for. Bears in the wild are NOT
cute little "teddy bears"---if anyone had seen the
demolition in my kitchen last week this would have been apparent!
Bears have a place in nature but it is not in town, and frankly
I could care less if they were here before me or not. Ketchikan
is a city, albeit a small one, yet a city. If I wanted to live
next door to a bear and fight for my right to peaceful enjoyment
of my home and property, I'd move to some remote island. Some
people desperately need to get a life and get over it. Bears
do not need to live along side humans. That idea is totally
ridiculous in my judgement. My only wish is that our fish and
game folks were better shots!
Received September 04, 2007 - Published September 04, 2007
About: "I have lived and
worked in K-kan since 1998."
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