The poor black bear in Amherst did not deserve the death sentence. It was just a lost, innocent wild animal. I remember when several years ago, someone accidentally ran over a wild duck, leaving its four little baby ducklings orphans.
The killing of the black bear is unjustified. Many aspects should have been thoughtfully measured before it was shot dead.
• The animal was frightened and lost its way back to where it came from.
• There was no record it had jeopardized any one’s safety.
• It was injured, with one of its hind legs mutilated and therefore incapable of jeopardizing human safety as well as security.
• The Department of Environmental Conservation was completely absent.
• Just a handful of millionaires in that prestigious part of town could have spared a tiny fraction of their wealth to finance the medical needs of this poor animal and help move it to its own natural habitat.
• Lastly, the Amherst Police Department, even though considered one of the best in the state and country, still has a long way to go to do the right thing.
Let the guns be last or never.
Henry M. Crasta