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Struttin’ Time

The black bear bill needed to die

Here we go again. Snow everywhere, and freezing cold. Well, at least I don’t have a cold.

I talked with State Representative Leslie Combs, and she assured me the black bear bill we have been working to defeat is dead. Getting rid of that bill was great, but who joined with us to help out leaves a very bitter taste in my mouth.

I would have never dreamed of being on the same side of a bill as the Humane Society of the Untied States. In my opinion, these people are not hunters’ friends.

If you are going to donate to an animal shelter, do it locally, then you will know where your money is going.

I have had a few people ask why I was against the bill in the first place. They ask if I didn’t support someone being able to defend their family in case of a bear attack. My answer to that is if I believe you have a right to shoot a human who is trying to do something to you or your family, then I surely believe you should be able to shoot an animal.

Here is the diff erence. By nature, a black bear is not dangerous, and will run from humans. There are some times that is not the case, such as a sow with babies. Most of the time they run. But knowing some people like I think I do, some would be tracking blood trails from the top of Jenkins Mountain to the living room of someone in Whitesburg, and that person swearing the bear was trying to attack.

Not under my watch. It’s a shame some people can’t be trusted.

I will be at the Little Shepherd Chapter, National Wild Turkey Federation dinner on March 6, at 5 p.m., at Pine Mountain Grill. Hope to see you there.

Till next time, hug and kiss a kid and an old person this week. It may be the only one they get.


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