Friday, September 9, 2005
So, I presume Outlook residents rest much easier now that the big, bad bear is slain by the tough hunter, no doubt with the latest in high powered riflery.
I remember when a wayward bear decided to camp in a tree in Sunnyside's Central Park several years ago (1992). I was the only TV reporter recording the scene when the bear was tranquilized and decided to make a run for it, and eventually caught by former state wildlife officer Jesse Palacios.
I followed the entourage up to Satus Pass, where the dazed bear was freed. That certainly seemed the humane thing to do and it made for a great news story.
So, what makes this Outlook bear so different that it had to be killed? Why wasn't it tranquilized and transported into the hills, if for no other reason than to get it out of the gun sights of the human predator against whom it didn't stand a chance?
I'm sure we all rest easier knowing the inhumane option was chosen. Once again, man conquers the beast. Boy, am I impressed!
/s/ Joe Meersman, Sunnyside