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Letter to the Editor: Wrong message sent in way bear cub case was handled

Regarding the bear cub shot in Tahoma and#8212; our black bears are not aggressive, and to say there was an issue of and#8220;survivaland#8221; is untrue. I am a 5 foot 4 inch, 135-pound, 60 year-old woman, and have often chased away bears, some of them really 250-plus pounds. Iand#8217;d go with the Department of Fish and Game estimate of 75 pounds, but 250 pounds is not that big. Iand#8217;ve stood next to verified 250-pound, standing-up research bears, and theyand#8217;re no taller than me, just rounder. All one needs to do is make noise and#8212; yell, clap hands, anything. Better yet, throw something and#8212; a stick, a tennis ball, an old shoe, anything. One neighbor, also a woman, just shook a plastic tarp, and the bear took off.

Lethal force is certainly not required, and Iand#8217;m really concerned about guns being shot in our neighborhoods. How long before a child or pet is injured? Even though we are lucky enough to be surrounded by a beautiful forest with wonderful wildlife, our neighborhoods are as dense as any suburb and#8212; quarter acre lots or less in Tahoma and#8212; Iand#8217;m an architect and have measured many.

For the truth about black bears (for instance, they arenand#8217;t always black!), please go to the website for the North American Bear Center, http://www.bear.org and#8211; Dr. Lynn Rogers has studied generations of black bears for more than 40 years. For photos of me with a 250 pound research bear, e-mail me at tahoeguzzi@gmail.com.

Making threats against someone who acted out of ignorance and unfounded fear only descends to that level. But not prosecuting unsafe acts of really bad judgment sends exactly the wrong message.

Sherry Guzzi

Tahoe City

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