Rapid Response

August 23, 2011

By Contributor

Are you bothered by reports of bears or cougars in the Issaquah area? Why or why not?

Should it be a surprise they live here? I suspect folks should understand that critters — big, potentially dangerous critters — were here before we were. Keep Skippy inside!

Mark Bowers, Issaquah

I agree with Thoreau: “In Wildness is the preservation of the World. … From the forest and wilderness come the tonics and barks which brace mankind.”

Bob McCoy, Sammamish

I’m bothered only by concern for the bears. It was recently reported, “If relocation fails, a nuisance bear may be destroyed.” A “nuisance” bear should be one that is aggressive toward humans, not one that repeatedly returns to a source of food someone has left for it (garbage, bird feeders, etc.). I prefer to find ways to coexist.

Monica Drakes, Issaquah

Bothered? We should be thankful, not bothered! These animals are not out stalking humans. We need to fit into their environment and accommodate them, not try to eliminate them from ours.

Ken Konigsmark, Issaquah

No, but it indicates that we are encroaching more into their space and pushing them away. We used to see deer on Bush Street — have not seen any this year or last.

Bryan Weinstein, Issaquah

We live in their home territory. We need to adapt and coexist.

Hank Thomas, Issaquah

In the spring we had a bear in our backyard. We stay out of the way and wonder at the beauty and majesty of living in a community that has protected its environment enough so all of us can live together!

Kelly Munn, Issaquah

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