Barb Murray 
Member since Apr 12, 2014

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Re: “Bear dies in fall from tree after being tranquilized by COS

This story is so wrong on so many levels!
Whistler ppl should know how not to attract bears!!! There are signs everywhere. Garbage has to go to the depots and into bear proof bins. Fines, fines, fines needed!!!

It is so close to hibernation! So sad!

The COSs have been tranquilizing Bears up trees forever and most times they have no idea what injuries the bear sustains on release. They also know if they put a mattress or two under the tree there is less risk of injury! An old free mattress fr the dump!!! Good way to recycle!

Usually relocation, especially for female Bears is just for public appeasement because females stay in a territory they know-moving them is like kidnapping them and putting them into a hostile territory that can have disastrous consequences or they have to stop eating and work to get back home.

Female bears are not Sows! Males are not Boars! They are bears-female or mother Bears and males are males! Forget the harvest friendly silly language! We are so past that century!

Accidental death!? Really...that mother most likely would have been killed anyway after the tag goes into her ear and she shows up again...the COs can rightly state she is a garbage bear coming back to exactly the same area...maybe not even wanting to hibernate? They did their best for her though the odds were stacked against her. Now the odds are stacked against the cubs. Cougars, wolves, male bears or cars may be the death of them-a small percent chance of survival - cubs have a 30% mortality rate first two years of life in the wilds- so without their mother? Not very good news.

Such a sad situation and I really dont get that after 20 years of bear education in Whistler that bears are still dying this way and the same old sugar coated story is told using the same weak excuses by everyone. Bears deserve to be respected and have the right to live wild and not harassed and managed by humans. May mother bear R.I.P. and her cubs find some bear angels to make sure they make it to hibernation-need to put on weight deep into the bush with natural grains etc!

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Posted by Barb Murray on 10/12/2018 at 9:52 AM

Re: “Letters to the editor for the week of April 17th

Jacqueline, thank you for bringing attention to the obvious! Killing grizzlies for profit reasons by the govts/businesses is not stewarding over them, it is just doubling up on the threats against them! How can they find balance on a planet that is so out of balance and has an obsession with killing our predator species for 'bragging rights' and 'selfies'? Gov'ts can make money from people putting down their guns and picking up binoculars and cameras for heaven's sake! Stop the insanity! Stop killing bears for NO GOOD REASON! Bear experts and NGO's SPEAK OUT and HELP LEAD governments down a more sustainable, socially acceptable and ethical path. A no brainer. Write people!

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Posted by Barb Murray on 04/17/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “Bringing grizzlies back from the brink Please everyone who believes Grizzlies are worth more alive than dead go to this petition and sign and share. Also call your local MLA and make a 20min appointment to voice your opinion of the killing of our iconic apex predator omnivore for 'bragging rights' by a small vocal minority who are socially unacceptable and a 'dying' breed in our society. Whales and dolphins are no longer killed in BC waters (except by tankers and nets etc) and killing grizzlies with high powered rifles for fun must end now too!

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Barb Murray on 04/12/2014 at 10:34 AM

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