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Alberta hunter killed by bear

Alberta hunter killed by bear

Globe and Mail Update
October 3, 2008 at 1:58 PM EDT

Calgary An Alberta hunter whose remains were discovered earlier this week was killed by a bear, the medical examiner's office concluded today.

Robert Wagner, a 48-year-old experienced hunter, vanished earlier this week southwest of Sundre in central Alberta.

The Didsbury man's body was discovered a few days later. The remains showed signs of mauling by a bear either before or after death.

An autopsy concluded that a bear attack was the cause of death.

Alberta's fish and wildlife office said officials will attempt to locate and identify the specific animal responsible.

Mr. Wagner's family thanked the RCMP, search and rescue units as well as others who scoured the region looking for their loved one.

Response from Mike Kanook


Response from Eileen Fay

Dear Globe and Mail,

With reference to the Alberta man who was apparently killed by a bear this week. While one sympathizes with the family for their loss of a loved one, the man was, admittedly, a hunter. This means that he was attempting to deprive some animal's family of their beloved member. Simple logic reveals the similarity.

It is patently absurd and quite unjust that the fish and wildlife authorities assured the public that they will attempt to locate and identify the particular bear "responsible" for the act. Why do humans think they should avenge themselves upon an animal who was merely defending itself from a deadly attacker? If you come into my home trying to kill me, I am justified in taking your life to protect myself. That is neither more nor less than what the bear did (if indeed it was a bear).

The double standard that many people apply to animals - assuming we have the right to kill them, and then are outraged when a few humans are killed instead - is an offense to both morality and intelligence.

Eileen Fay
19 Jackson Hill Road
Saugerties, NY 12477 (U.S.)

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