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Letter writer retracts former letter, apologizes for offending responsible trappers

Dear Editor:

It appears I made quite a stir with a plea to remove traps of any kind and avoid killing or injuring our bears (letter to the editor Sept. 5th). To be clear, witnessing the little bear with a limp made me cringe at the future this bear was limited to. As indicated in the initial letter, the cause for the injury was an assumption, on my part, based on what appeared to be a severed limb. Many articles of animal abuse have moved me to speak out: horses, cows being shot from the highway, dogs chained and beaten, dogs being dragged in the back of a vehicle, or a bear being baited and speared on YouTube. We are all familiar with one story or another that has evoked our connection to our wildlife. There is no doubt I am a city boy, hoping to be forgiven by my new neighbours for my sensitive and caring nature. Apparently this bear had been attacked from a male bear, and is apparently doing well with three legs. So I’d like to offer an apology for offending the responsible trapper, or unintentionally misleading the readers to a crisis of traps in our forests.

I would however, like to thank the conservation service for investigating my concern and my neighbours and readers for their compassion and understanding.

Leonard Goulet

Fairmont Hot Springs

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