Allison Babcock: Bears were here first |

Allison Babcock: Bears were here first

Allison Babcock

I am absolutely incensed with the conceit and hubris of letter writer Chuck Abrams, who feels he and his neighbors are being terrorized by a black bear and that it is the height of inconvenience for him to have to remove his bird feeder. He laments that the bear “is just going to hang around until it damn well pleases to leave.” Apparently Mr. Abrams doesn’t even recognize that he is the problem, encouraging the bear to stay around by providing it with food from his bird feeders. His insistence that the Colorado Division of Wildlife trap the bear and move it out of the area “so we can enjoy our summer with the other wildlife that doesn’t threaten us and our homes” fails to demonstrate even a modicum of understanding that the bears were here first and that we are the intruders into their habitat. He blasts the DOW as government bureaucracy, when, in fact, that agency is doing the right, non-bureaucratic thing in instructing residents to lock away food that attracts the bears. There’s something wrong here all right, Mr. Abrams, and that’s expecting residents like you to be smarter than the average bear.

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