The following letter has been edited for content, not for
grammar, spelling or punctuation. It is true to the version that was sent to
me, only the name has been changed to protect the incredibly stupid. Trust
me when I tell you that this was a real letter - you can't make this stuff
- Dear Uncle Joe -
I am a hunter in New Jersey and economically i believe
that a bear hunt is the only way to reduce the growing population of bears
in this state and also protect humans not to mention live stock and our
pets. Think about this the beer hunt is in decmber when most beers are in
hibernation do you really think that we are going to kill of the 3000 plus
beers in this state ? I highly doubt it. Instead of protesting maybe you
should join us (the hunters) in an American tradition since you have all
this time anyway.
Thank you for your letter - it is one for the ages! Now
that I've gotten off the floor and have stopped laughing at you, I can
address your weak arguments.
Given that no humans have ever been seriously injured by a
bear attack in New Jersey, there is simply no reason to believe that bears
are a threat. If people would learn how to keep their garbage secure and
their companion animals indoors, there would be little reason to fear bears.
The statistics on black bears killing humans is remarkable. Over the past
100 years, a bear kills a person in the United States on average every two
years. The vast majority of these incidents happen in western states where
bear hunting is legal. Clearly, bear hunting has no effect on the rare cases
of aggressive black bears. In contrast, hunters kill more people every year
than bears. Try as you might to refute this fact, it simply cannot be done.
It would be impossible to kill 3000+ beers in the sate
(although I have the feeling that you can kill that many in one weekend just
by sitting in front of your TV watching football) because the beer
population as you call it, is not that high. One of the main problems with
Fish and Wildlife is that their population estimates are based on bad
scientific practices. Patrick Carr, the Division's bear biologist was quoted
in Field and Stream magazine as saying that his analysis of the bear
population would build a case for hunting them. He did not say that he
wanted to study the population to assess its health/density; he said he was
studying the bears for no reason other than to hunt them. This is a biased
approach and as a result, his data should be analyzed very carefully.
There are bears who throw trash around and make a mess.
This is undeniable. A general hunt will not target these bears who are
habituated to human garbage however, because hunters are not allowed to
shoot within 450 feet of a house or building. The bears who are not within
450 feet of houses are not a problem to anyone and killing them will not do
anything except put a trophy in a hunter's den, one he can put along side
his collection of empty beer cans.
The only bear problem that New Jersey has is with Fish and
Wildlife and the pseudo science they use to ram an unwanted bear hunt down
everyone's throat. Bears cause less damage when measured in dollars than
raccoons cause, and New Jersey already has liberal raccoon hunting and
trapping seasons/bag limits. If hunting does not reduce the amount of
raccoon damage, it is unlikely that it will prevent bears from rummaging
through garbage cans.
Since you have so much free time to go hunting maybe you
should help us to protect wildlife from those who wish them nothing but harm
and death. Making a switch of this magnitude will be good for your karma and
good for the wildlife.
Also, lay off the beers - they seem to have compromised
Dear Uncle Joe:
Are you people crazy hunting is one of the safest sports
there is. There currently are more game animals in the US now than there
were at the turn of the century and this is due the money that hunters have
paid through added taxes on hunting equipment. Wild game meat is much better
for you to eat than beef and other domestic raised food. I know all of you
Little Valley, CA
Hunting is one of the safest sports there is? I guess you
have not been reading our website, because we keep a running list of hunting
accidents/fatalities, precisely to prove that hunters like you are off your
Yes, hunters pay hefty taxes on ammunition and equipment
and all of that money goes back into hunting. Fees generated by the sale of
hunting and trapping licenses pay the salaries of game managers and DNR
biologists who in turn figure out ways to allow hunters to manipulate wild
animal populations so that the number of animals available for hunters to
kill remains the same or in many cases, increases. Populations of animals
killed for sport are kept at unnatural levels for the benefit of hunters and
As for your assertion that "wild game meat" is in any way
good for you to eat, you're definitely on crack. Besides being high in
saturated fat and cholesterol, "wild game meat" is otherwise unhealthy.
After the New York Department of Agriculture and Markets inspected deer meat
from a hunt in Rochester, they wrote: “All of the venison which was salvaged
from the ‘bait and shoot’ operation in Rochester was found to be unfit for
human consumption…We have seized it and will oversee its destruction.” Ray,
you are deluding yourself if you think that eating "wild game meat" is
Even with your final comment ("I know all of you eat
hamburgers"), you are wrong yet again. That's a recurring theme in your
life, isn't it? I do enjoy the occasional yummy vegan veggie burger topped
with prepared horseradish on a toasted bun, but I have little desire, and
even less of a need, to eat the charred remains of a dead cow. Yuck.
If you're interested, I can send you some yummy vegan
recipes that will make the mouth of even a die-hard (and you will) carrion
eater like yourself, water with uncontrollable anticipation. Go ahead, eat
that portobello mushroom cap instead of the ground-up dead cow gristle. You
know you want to.