Death of bears avoidable

"Year after year the tree has an abundance of apples, sweet smelling apples, that continue to attract the bears..."

It was a beautiful sunny morning about two weeks ago when, as I stepped out of my house to take my dog for her morning walk, I heard the shots!  I knew instantly that a mum and her cub were being shot!  My heart sunk and my stomach ached as I continued on my walk.

The terror that mum and cub must have felt that day.  I was told that it took 3 shots to kill the cub.  Why does this continue to happen?

When you see a bear go back into your house, take your children and pets into the house and the bear will eventually leave.

The bear was up the apple tree and her cub was in the chestnut tree across the street. Unfortunately the apple tree was right across from the old school in Sunningdale, which is now a Day Care Center.  A man phoned the conservation officer and the rest is history. I have a big problem with the owner of the apple tree. Year after year the tree has an abundance of apples, sweet smelling apples, that continue to attract the bears year after year!  The owner is not taking any responsibility for her tree being an attractant for the bears. Bears, come feast on my apple tree and you will be shot!

Why does this continue to happen?   It seems the tree is on City property. Almost two weeks after the horrific incident the tree still stands laden with sweet smelling apples. Come bears, feast on the tree and someone will phone the conversation officer and you will be shot!

Please where is common sense these days.  If you don’t want the fruit cut your trees down!   Please homeowners use common sense and save our beautiful bears!  I can still hear the sound of the shots in my head on that horrible sad day.

Barbara O’HearnTrail