June 18 letters

Jun 18, 2014

Bear killing appears intentional

To the editor:

This is in regard the man who shot and killed the mother bear recently in the Maggie Valley area.

When he purchased a home here in Western North Carolina – I’m assuming this is not his first trip – he had to realize that there is wildlife living here.  Wildlife were here long before he was.

I think he had every intention of killing that bear from the first time she roamed onto his property looking for food.  Why else would he take a loaded gun outdoors when he knew she was out there?  He said he “feared for his wife’s safety” during her recovery from surgery. Was she recuperating in the back yard?

He had called the wildlife commission to ask their advice on how to keep her from coming on his property.  Why did he call if he wouldn’t take their advice?

Frankly, we don’t need that kind of people like him who don’t have respect for the wildlife – and citizens – of this area.

Lorna Ashe



Bear killer should face charges

To the editor:

No charges were filed against the summer resident who shoots a sow bear with three cubs. Why? While a person should be allowed to do as he pleases on his own property, sometimes what is legal by man’s law can be morally and ethically wrong.

Property in a remote mountainous setting is purchased with the understanding to live in harmony with nature. The mountains are home to bear, deer, elk and other critters.

The man said he an avid bird watcher and enjoys his bird feeders. When they attracted a boar bear, he reported it NC Wildlife, who responded there is not enough manpower to trap and relocate but advised him to stop with the birdseed. He ignored the advice, putting himself, his wife, his neighbors, their children, grandchildren, and or pets in danger.

The man said he wanted enjoy what he paid money to enjoy.

When he heard a screeching in the yard and saw a bear, the man then makes another bad decision. He steps off the porch, gun in hand, and shoots the mama bear twice, saying she charged him and saying he didn’t know she had cubs until they scampered up a tree.

Did he then call the Sheriff’s department? NC Wildlife officials? No, the concerned neighbors called them. Was the man in a state of shock over the encounter? He had enough composure to call a friend to get rid of the evidence, the carcass.

He should have been charged with: baiting, killing a bear out of season, hunting without a non resident license or big game stamp. He should pay restitution for not one but two bears.

I am ashamed of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Your actions have given it a black eye. Mike Carraway, a biologist with the NC Wildlife Commission, deserves a shout out for being adamant that there was no reason for the sow bear with three cubs being shot.

To the bear shooter — shame on you. The NC Wildlife Commission has allowed us to be robbed by an unethical individual going unchecked.

Danny Crow



News in all forms

To the editor:

Thank you to our Mountaineer newspaper carrier.  Our newspaper was wrapped in our driveway with a note warning us about the bees in our box.

I am allergic to insect stings and it prevented me from getting stung.  We appreciate her taking the time and effort to warn us.

Thanks to her warning, the insects have been destroyed and we will keep a better watch on the box.  I hope she was not stung by the insects and only saw them.

Laura Young

Lake Junaluska


A lesson on the need to spay or neuter pets

To the editor:

Rescue groups try to save adoptable animals from the shelter. However pregnant cats and dogs brought to the Haywood County Animal Shelter when they are so close to delivery, present a real problem.

We are uncomfortable with having them spayed. To take them and let them birth ties up a large space for 2 months that during this time of year becomes a death sentence to others who can’t be pulled because of lack of space.

I wish that we could get the message out there to humans that by not fixing pets, they cause a cascade of pain that starts with their pet and continues all the way to workers at the landfill.

As you may know I am on the board of Haywood Spay Neuter because of this problem.

I realized that you could spend your time and effort to get animals adopted or you could spend the same time helping them to not be born. I don’t think adoptable pets should be euthanized. Ever.

Linda Sexton


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