Letter to the editor: power games and compassion

Dear Editor,

Regarding the two little orphan bears in Mammoth Lakes.

We the people have given the responsibility to Fish and Game to take care of our animals.  It seems all they want to do is play a power game with other agencies and not protect orphans and other animals in need.  It is easier to let them die or kill them.

Why not let the two little bears go to a bear rescue until we know for sure they can take care of themselves and be returned to the wild.

I see the power play among all the different agencies such as the Road Department, Park Service and CalTrans.  We are all one country and we should all be working together in the spirit of co-operation.

Coleen Randolph

Big Pine


10 Responses to Letter to the editor: power games and compassion

  1. ONE voice September 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    You are so correct, Who has the right to decide life or death for these inocent baby bears? All of Wildlife deserves a right to live just as the people of Fishy and Gamey do.

    Equality if the Answer !

  2. Big AL September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm #

    Power play … please expand ..

    • Mammothite September 27, 2012 at 11:36 pm #

      Easy to explain Big Al. Whatever Searles and MLPD say, DFG will do the opposite. It is all about showing who has the power and nothing to do with the welfare of the animals.

      Bishop DFG is despicable. I do not think they all act like that.

      • Big AL September 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

        I hear ya Mammothite .. I get it .. I know some who work for the Bishop DFG, I know they care, I know some care, but then others seem to not care, just like any other outfit.

        I don’t think, that as a whole they are despicable, just my observation. It’s too bad the two can’t work together on things.

  3. Concerned Citizen September 28, 2012 at 7:51 am #

    Well said Colleen, I”m still hoping something will be done about these two cubs.

  4. Troubler September 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    Lets not forget DWP and Mammoth Mountain on our peice of work list.

  5. Karen Cotter September 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm #

    I think you need to get the word out to various environmental groups, Center for Biological Diversity, the nearby Sierra Club Groups, etc.
    (you up there know the local activist groups, I don’t) Strike while the iron is hot before these cubs are either killed by larger predators or some jackass reads this story and goes out and shoots them for their heads on the wall or a rug on the floor. Writing Fish and Game is useless, they are far too comfy in their little civil service jobs unless enough people pound on their doors.

    Only screaming and yelling publicly makes them nervous. We have a few “Good Guys” in the So. Cal department but they are in the main just too comfortable thinking they are having the last word.

    Having said that, two female bears have just been removed from local cities here having wandered down from the Angeles National Forest and one has been successfully relocated and the other temporarily in a suitable shelter after the citizens screamed bloody murder on TV and in the local newspapers.

    Many voices down here as opposed to up there where civil officials just get too comfortable in their office chairs and the population not involved enough. All Hell breaks loose down here among the citizenry.

  6. bentchick October 1, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    I am still disturbed at the fact that no one stood up to the DFG officer, knowing that there is a policy in place to protect orphaned animals! Those cubs should be in protection. I’m sure any charges would have been dropped immediately and the officer would have been reprimanded.

    • Mark October 1, 2012 at 2:47 pm #

      It should have been Steve Searles that stood up to DFG. Steve should have been the first layoff at the city

  7. salblaster October 2, 2012 at 11:31 am #

    to bentchick. what could anyone possibly have done. maybe sneek up behind an armed fish and game officer, incapicitate him, hand cuff him to a tree with his own handcuffs then do the same to the mlpd officer on scene. then wrestle two 40 pound bear cubs into the trunk of your car and make a run for the bear rehab center at lake tahoe. get real. it would be more likely ending in you being tazzed. handcuffed, thrown into back of squad car, booked and sitting in a cell by dinner time.


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