Letters: No way to manage game

Letter writer takes aim at bear awareness campaign

Unfortunately there was no writer credit given to last week’s Bear Buzz article. PC double-speak and high comedy should be recognized. “Freeze your garbage,” really?

The writer suggests the solution to B.C.’s overwhelming and expanding bear population is to manage  human bear attractants. This is a ridiculous notion since there is no such thing. Bears are curious animals with excellent noses and are attracted to … everything. Instead of idiotic ideas like freezing your garbage, not having bird feeders, gardens or fruit trees, how about we not allow bears in urban and residential areas. After all, it is our habitat and why should we share it with an animal declared dangerous under the wildlife act?

The Ministry of Environment and Conservation Officer (CO) service created the problem with revised hunting laws when they knew the black bear population was increasing while the number of hunters was declining. The CO service responds to less than 20 per cent of their calls, truly an embarrassing statistic. Think of your police or fire department ignoring over 80 per cent of their calls to service.

What idiocy allows sign to be put up in residential areas with schools that declare “You are in Bear Country.” I’m sure all the kids and dogs will enjoy all the electric fences everywhere.

Blaming rural residents and citizens in small towns for having giant black rats invading is a lame way to manage game populations. Freeze your garbage, ha ha, good one!

Greg Klem

Port Renfrew

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: West Shore RCMP identify alleged Langford laptop thief

Video footage shows suspect walking out of Staples with a display laptop

UPDATED: Protesters leaving Swartz Bay ferry terminal

Movement in solidarity with Wet’suwet’en First Nation

Downtown Victoria businesses band together to hire private security company following rise in thefts

Lower Johnson Street businesses have had little to no response from VicPD

Decline of Canadian manufacturing hurts men, according to new study

A five per cent drop in manufacturing drops the weekly wages of men by at least 6.9 per cent

Number of U-Hauls entering Victoria plummeted in 2019

Data compiled from two million one-way U-Haul transactions

Cariboo Memorial Hospital back to normal after cold weather wreaks havoc

Burst pipes and water leaks cause three different incidents

Site of planned Jumbo Valley ski resort to be protected, managed by First Nations

Development rights permanently retired for site of proposed year-round ski resort west of Invermere

Huawei exec’s extradition hearing begins in Canada

China’s foreign ministry complained the United States and Canada were violating Meng’s rights

Prince Harry: ‘Powerful media’ is why he’s stepping away

Prince Harry and Megan have stepped away from their royal commitments

Dog reunited with Tofino owner, months after being taken from beach

Shannon Boothman ‘ecstatic’ at pet’s return after a tip leads to social media search

How to beat Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year

Multiple factors can play a role in seasonal depression, says Fraser Health psychiatrist

B.C. VIEWS: Few clouds on Horgan’s horizon

Horgan’s biggest challenge in the remainder of his term will be to keep the economy humming along

B.C. forest industry grasps for hope amid seven-month strike, shutdowns, changes

Some experts say this could be worse for forestry than the 2008 financial crisis

Most Read