Re: “You can’t see the animals for the trees,” Letters, The Leader, Sept. 27.
How can humanity justify snuffing out wild animals that stray into human-occupied communities when humans were the ones who came along and procured the animals from their formerly wild territory, clear-cutting their forest homes occupied by them for millennia, to make way for our own homes and infrastructure?
Too often it’s only a matter of waiting for wild, stray animals, like cougars and bears, to threaten or attack human inhabitants before the latter act – which is usually to kill such animals. Of course, we could make it a regulation to dose these animals with as much potent tranquilizer as necessary to relocate them alive and well.
But it appears that humanity’s superior-minded nature allows its collective conscience to simply snuff such animal life for reacting in their natural, predatory manner, while we humans immorally occupy the former’s long-held territory.
Frank G. Sterle, Jr., White Rock