I agree with Los Padres ForestWatch that the California Fish and Game Commission’s proposal to open up bear hunting in our county should be opposed (“Bear hunting plan draws fire,” April 2).
Why does the commission only state how many bears were hit by cars in the year 2006? Do the data from 2007 and 2008 not support their theory that the bear population is on the rise? Did they consider we’ve been in a drought and that bears may now have wondered down the mountains to seek water? Maybe the bear population is not increasing at all.
I am very concerned about poaching and that the numbers of bears who are killed is greater than reported. There is an unfortunate trade in bear parts, including paws and gallbladders. As the economy worsens, more people look to illegal ways to increase their income: Regrettably there will be more poachers.
Please join other compassionate SLO citizens and voice your opposition to opening up SLO County to bear hunting. Contact the Fish and Game Commission at: firstname.lastname@example.org.