Letters: Numbers don't lie – black bears aren't dangerous

The Editor,

Re. "3 people arrested, 3 bears are killed" and "Bear that made itself at home is caught, destroyed" (The Tri-City News, Aug. 1).

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I just read with interest and some disgust your articles about bears being euthanized in Coquitlam.

There were comments made along the lines of “We can’t take the chance that a child won’t be killed or injured by a black bear.”

Here are the facts: In all of North America in the last 10 years, there has been just over one fatality per year caused by black bears.

It seems to me there are much better alternatives than killing black bears, such as tranquilizing them and relocating them to wilderness areas.

Cordell Pennington, Coquitlam

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