James Tuthill: Aspen bear was not killed humanely
Aspen bear was not killed humanely
The Summit Daily News reported June 1 that “Aspen bear that bit hiker is killed.” This killing was cruel. First, this wasn’t euthanasia as Colorado Parks and Wildlife officer Matt Yamashita describes. Euthanasia is generally defined as a death with minimal pain and suffering.
Sadly, this bear did not die with minimal pain but suffered a horrible death. It was shot once and wounded, then hunted down for almost a mile in extreme fear by hound dogs, and then shot again and killed. Yamashita admits that they’re not 100% sure they killed the right bear.
Yes, we must protect humans from injury from wild animals, but there’s a better way to do it than Parks and Wildlife’s current cruel procedure. Parks and Wildlife needs to use tranquilizer shots to anesthetize an animal so it can be humanely killed.
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