Carol H Wrote
: "Greg just so you know I havent taken your comments as a personal affront. I actually dont think we are all that far off on the topic as I do fully understand why shooting a bear that is acting in an unexpected and aggresive fashion is more often the not the only option. I just dont happen to think that its the norm for a black bear to act that way so not in favour of shooting every bear that happens to come through the yard."
I don't advocate shooting an animal as a "first resort" measure if there are other means available of making them go away peacefully. I was only referring to when they exhibit agressive and threatening behavior, and unfortunately leave you with no "back door" out of a bad situation. When you are "painted into a corner," and you are being viewed as either a threat or food (really doesn't matter which to them,) then your options are somewhat limited. The old saying "Either you're fast, or you're food" comes readily to mind. I wouldn't choose to kill it indiscriminately, but I cerainly wouldn't consider being it's victim, (or meal,) as much of an option either.