Too cruel for school...
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It’s nearly springtime and we all can’t wait. Unfortunately the bears probably aren’t looking forward to it. Here are the dates for bear pursuits and hunts: March 31 to June 1, July 5 to Aug. 5, and Aug. 18 to Nov. 15. The number of days for this annual torture is a total of 190 days. The total number of days from March to November is 229 days. This means that they are not harassed or killed for 39 of their waking days.

​ People in charge forget that bears should be able to live in their own habitat just like we expect to live in ours. We deny them of their rights for a safe environment, happiness and caring for their young without harassment.

​ The State of Utah has given too much power to the ranchers. Last year an individual from the Utah Division of Wildlife told me that Grand and San Juan counties were the worst for legal animal abuse. I didn’t get that individual’s name because I wouldn’t have used it. We are seeing what looks like a lot of small bears alone.

I reported one that was hanging out on the road leading into La Sal to the Utah Division of Wildlife. I never heard back. My son informed me that a few months later he saw the bear dead on the side of the road, hit by a vehicle. People have been talking of seeing bears lower down off the mountain, maybe because they are constantly being chased off it.

​ The Utah Division of Wildlife employee told me their job wasn’t to protect bears from this torture but to manage population only. I think they should abandon the spring hunt. In the past they had only two seasons. I enjoy seeing a bear in its part of the mountain experience. We can’t kill off every predator — they are the balance to a healthy animal population. Maybe the people in charge should go back to school.

—Vicki Honour


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