Spring bear hunt is shame­ful

Montreal Gazette - - OPINION -

Re: “Three bears get a fairy tale end­ing: Or­phans res­cued” (NP in Mon­treal Gazette, April 19)

The three cubs found in a Banff Na­tional Park wash­room were in­deed lucky. I’m guess­ing the hunter had a guilty con­science af­ter killing their mother. The fall hunts were bad enough, but I re­ally can­not un­der­stand a spring bear hunt when moth­ers are shot and their cubs could die from star­va­tion or pre­da­tion. This is sport?

The bears awake from hi­ber­na­tion, hun­gry and some with cubs, and start look­ing for food, only to be killed. How is this ac­cept­able? Makes me won­der just how many un­for­tu­nate cubs die in the woods be­cause of this “sport.”

I’m sur­prised the gov­ern­ment does not al­low hi­ber­na­tion hunts: “Hey, shoot ’em while they sleep!” Shame on the gov­ern­ments and those who par­tic­i­pate. This is not sport.

Suzanne Lacroix, St-Lau­rent

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