I would like to start by saying that I am neither liberal nor conservative. I have my own views and choose to look at everything with open eyes. That said, I would like to address your state's obsession with hunting. I realize that it is big for tourists who want to experience the thrill of the hunt and participate in a team-like activity. But what I can't figure is why does someone have to kill another living being in order to feel like they're part of nature?
Wouldn't it be just as overwhelming and glorious to take a hike and become an observer of the wonders that are in abundance everywhere one looks? In the society we live in it simply makes no sense to shoot a wolf or a bear. I can see in some isolated instance where you have a complete overload of animals (like deer maybe) ... but when you go about mowing down wolves and bears, animals that worldwide stand so close to being endangered, you tamper with the very soul of wild nature itself.
We all have a right to speak up about this. It's not the governor's word or the game board's ... it's the people's. The more we stay apathetic and ambivalent to this situation, the more wild nature is bled from humanity.
Jason Keedy / Bellingham, Wash.
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