Shooting feeding bear isn’t hunting

Shooting feeding bear isn't hunting This is in response to the slaying of the beautiful male grizzly last Sunday on Atlin Road. We have seen this family of bears a few times in that same area; they are beautiful creatures. They never bother anyone, just

This is in response to the slaying of the beautiful male grizzly last Sunday on Atlin Road.

We have seen this family of bears a few times in that same area; they are beautiful creatures.

They never bother anyone, just wanting to get their feed of berries and roots, etc., before Old Man Winter sets in.

We travel the Atlin Road to and from Whitehorse to work on our house, and the biggest enjoyment we get is watching all the wildlife on that road. And last weekend was a beautiful sight seeing all those bears on both sides of the road close to Hitchcock Creek.

We sat and watched those grizzly cubs eating and playing on the side of the road and mama was right there making sure they were out of harm’s way. But who looked after the male grizzly? He never had a chance.

The poor animal was just eating, trying to fatten up; then, some great hunter ended this majestic animal’s life, just snuffed it out.

We can just hope this person had a good reason for gunning down this bear.

When you stopped your vehicle to get photos, the male bear never even acknowledged you.

Then some hunter made sure the male grizzly never had another meal nor would he ever see a photographer taking pics of him and his beautiful family again.

Rest in peace, you majestic handsome creature, king of the forest, but sadly not anymore.

We are not hunters, but on the other hand we are not against hunting. But it does not seem like hunting to us to step out of a vehicle and shoot an animal.

Don and Pat Cumming

Atlin Road