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Re: “Loaded for bear

I don't know of anyone who hunts black bear who doesn't harvest the backstrap, ribs, haunches, heart and tongue. The lower leg and neck meat can ba tricky to get at but it's also salvageable. The taste is very dependent on season and diet. We are allowed five black bears a year in most areas but I don't know anyone who does that.

All that being said, let's not kid ourselves that anyone is taking these bears out of self-preservation. Perhaps out of property preservation. You need more bears, not less. You need wolves and grizzlies and all the species you once had. You need to get your cattle off public land and get your wild buffalo back. You may find your deer overpopulation problem will fix itself too.

But, you won't ever do that. I expect that you will continue to add people and farmland and leave little pockets of "wild" California where people can visit like a zoo. The bears will become like Ishi and likely suffer his ultimate fate.

Please, stay where you are. We view you like a disease that must be quarantined. Enjoy and keep your state and have your debates over whether a few dozen bears is enough. Enjoy us on Discovery channel and we will enjoy your equally accurate depiction on Baywatch reruns.

Posted by Alaskanhunter on 05/28/2008 at 12:06 PM

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