Relentless pursuit...
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I’m hearing similar complaints from people about our mountain camping events. You think you will hear chirping birds, creek running, and the wind whistling through the trees, but that’s not the case. What you hear is the sound of many hounds that appear to be running through the forest.

They were so close one night that my dogs and I ran for the truck fearing that maybe a bear would be leading the pack.

FYI: Bear in the La Sals are either hunted or pursued a total of 116 days a year. Starting from April 4 through Nov. 20. There are now a total of three hunts, spring, late summer, and fall. This means that all the time they are not hibernating they are being harassed.

Dogs are allowed to chase the bear and cubs, treeing them for training and for hunting. This, to me and others, is animal abuse at an extreme.

What is the challenge of treeing a bear and shooting it? Many states have banned hunting bear with dogs. Maybe it’s time Utah becomes more progressive, like the other western states, and finds a more humane way of hunting bear.

The management of the wildlife is highly determined by ranchers’ input. We are all for saving and protecting the environment. What about the wildlife?

—Vicki Honour

Moab

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