Discussion Topic: Bear Hunter Vs. Wildlife Viewers

Here's one from F&S contributor Ben Romans. Thanks, Ben.

_While camera-toting wildlife viewers watched in dismay on Saturday, two hunters opened fire on a juvenile brown bear that had been fishing in the Kenai River, next to a Sterling Highway bridge. . . .
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_Troopers [on the scene] did not issue any citations. But federal officials say that discharging a firearm in that area violates federal regulations. . . [and have] issued one citation. . . .
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_The legality of the bear kill isn't what rankles one Sterling woman who witnessed it: She was incensed by the hunters' decision to shoot and kill the bear when wildlife watchers were there, enjoying watching it and snapping photos.
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_"My family supports ethical hunting. But this didn't seem very ethical," said Pamela Locke. . . .
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_Larry Lewis, a state wildlife technician who reported the potential firearms offense to federal officials, said the killing illustrates some thorny issues for both hunters and wildlife watchers.
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_"This bear in any other situation was legal for harvest," Lewis said. . . . But hunters also need to act responsibly, too, around wildlife watchers, said Lewis, the Kenai Peninsula chapter president of Safari Club International, a hunting advocacy group.
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"It's incumbent on anyone who participates in hunting to be respectful of other people's values," he said.

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