I tend to believe that the "sportsman" who shot the bear coming out of its den got just what he deserved ("Three well-placed shots end fierce mauling of hunter," April 18). Talk about shooting fish in a barrel. Think what it would be like to have someone standing beside your bed, hitting you upside the head just as you start to get up. Regardless that the bear had a perfect spring pelt, I expect that the bear would have been happy to continue showing off his own fur. There surely must be a better way of proving yourself than to kill an animal just waking up and coming out of a hole. Why?
---- Jack Ozment / Sitka