Dear Editor:

I am writing on behalf of all of us in the J.A. Laird School area who have left tree fruit or garbage outside this fall. Our neglect has resulted in the death of a healthy black bear on Monday, November 4th.

I want to apologize to the bear for failing you, and to the Conservation Officer who had to deal with our neglect by killing a healthy animal. The bear was only doing what it knows how to do, that is, follow its nose and eat. Lets take this as a message to do better with our wild animals that live close to us in this beautiful place.

George Oliver