Tuesday, December 06, 2005

 

Bears

Alaska black bear
Please don't shoot me!
New Jersey is staging a black bear hunt this year, only the second since 1970. It's not surprising that the tree huggers and the gun nuts line up on opposite sides of an emotional debate.

"Today, for us, is a very sad day," said the lead tree hugger.

"Bears are beautiful animals, but they've got to be controlled," said one gun nut. "The facts are the facts. They're overpopulated," said another.

The wildlife department estimates there are 1,600 to 3,200 bears in New Jersey. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates there were 8.7 million humans in New Jersey in 2004, an increase of nearly 300,000 since the 2000 census. Tell me which species is overpopulated and needs to be controlled.


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