redneck wrote:This is why I will never hike or camp in grizzly country. They are simply too unpredictable.
And at 400lbs or so, this was a small bear.
The last California grizzly was killed almost 100 years ago. I confess it's hard to feel really sorry about that.
Although I totally disagree with the views you've expressed here about grizzlies, I do commend you for this: you don't like them and therefore choose not to go where they are. Would that others were as honest and did the same instead of going and expecting to impose their rules.
knoback wrote:Wha? Dude you are mental! These things aren't the bear's fault or the person's, just bad luck when you get right down to it. It isn't morally wrong to carry a pistol so you can defend yourself against bear attack, it's just quite likely to be ineffective or worse. Now if you decide to be proactive and shoot on sight or when you hear something in the bushes or something outside your tent, then it is your fault. Just cowboy up, leave the gun at home and enjoy your climb. You may get hit by lightning or a falling snag. A bear may bite you. If you can't put those things aside after you've taken reasonable steps to avoid them, then maybe you shouldn't go out.
b. wrote:The idea that killing these bears is somehow cleansing the backcountry is ridiculous. This didn't happen in the backcountry. If she had stayed in the backcountry there would be no problem. I don't like it, it really sucks, but these bears will be killed, and should be killed to preserve the rest of them. If bears like this were allowed to keep disrupting the peace, they would all be eradicated as a matter of general peacekeeping.
I don't think anyone here has said that this bear shouldn't have been killed (the one that killed the man in June is a different story); a certain nut here has tried to put that argument in others' mouths.
Rather, I think some people were originally expressing their sadness that another bear had to be killed, not disagreement with the decision. What you say is true-- if proven dangerous bears aren't killed, it will be not only more people but also more bears that suffer as a result-- and I don't disagree even though in my heart I don't like it.