Letter: Mink the bear isn’t the problem

Published: 5/25/2019 12:01:29 AM
Modified: 5/25/2019 12:01:17 AM

Thank you to John P. Gregg and James M. Patterson for keeping us up-to-date on the saga of Mink the bear (Monitor front page, May 18).

And to our governor: We told you so. We told you that going over the head of the department that is charged with protecting and preserving New Hampshire’s wildlife and wild places was not going to solve “Bear-gate.” We wondered why you did so in the summer of 2017 and again last summer. There were other incidents of problem bears in other, smaller, less-wealthy towns over the past two years, and you did not intervene in them. We’re not dumb. We can see why you “swooped in to save the day” in the Hanover case. It had nothing to do with animal welfare, and everything to do with dollar signs and votes.

And now that Mink is back, we are told that “we should very much be able to live in close proximity to this bear if we behave ourselves.” It’s not Mink I’m worried about – she’s just being Mink. It’s the humans of Hanover who can’t be trusted to do the right thing. To police their trash, bring in their feeders, keep their grills spotless, etc.

I will end with a suggestion: When Mink, or some other Hanover-area bears, become a “nuisance” again, let’s relocate them to Waterville Valley ski resort.




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