Reader wants to straighten out bear vs. dog story

Posted: Thursday, June 28, 2007

In regards to Carolyn Dowell’s letter (Clarion, June 22). I would like to clarify a few points in regard to the dog attacked by the bear.

First of all, this family has lived in Alaska for over 35 years and not in the city, either, so they are well aware that we live in Alaska and that we have bears.

Secondly, they were carrying a leash and the little boy had just let the dog off the leash. The dog didn’t chase the bear or bark at it. The bear just came up on the dog and attacked.

This scenario could just as well have been that the bear came up behind the people and attacked them. I, for one, do not want my grandson to be bear food like the poor little boy in Utah.

It is a fact that the bear population is on an up-swing at the present time. Anyone who goes into an area that is literally infested with bears and does not carry a firearm is a candidate for a mauling.

I am thankful that Mr. Millington was aware that he might have to protect his family.

The bear in question has been hanging around the fish weir and the women working there. They have a rifle at the ready at all times, just in case they can’t scare the bears away. He was not afraid of people and getting more and more bold all the time.

I would just like to say that some people need to get their priorities straight. People are just as entitled to go into the woods as the bears. We live on this planet, too, and although it is unfortunate that this bear is dead, there are four people still alive.

Clara Elge

Moose Pass

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