UPDATE: Bear trapped in Garbage Pit and left to Die
Read the letter I received from an Office Worker Entity in the Yamaguchi Prefecture in response to my outrage about a bear trapped and left to die in a garbage pit:
The text of the letter is copied exactly as I received it – poor engrish, poorly attempted spin, and all
Email the Yamaguchi Prefecture yourself and tell them how you feel about their response! I for one find it woefully incomplete: How did they remove the bear from the pit? With a noose? With a hook? With a snare? – I could go on…
~Amelopsis “Thank you for your email ( fax, letter ) about the way of management to protect bears of Yamaguchi Prefecture.
We are sorry for replying late. Now we'd like to explain what we did and why we did so .
Yamaguchi Prefecture decided the Plan of Management to Protect Specific Wildlife ( 'tsukinowaguma' ( bear ) ) based on Wildlife Protection and Hunting Law enacted in 2002.
We are working on coexistence with bears.
In this year, bears appeared in the area people live so often that we printed 30,000 copies of the manual in addition and gave out to schools and city offices to enlighten people who live in Yamaguchi Prefecture to prevent the damages from Wildlife and coexistent with Wildlife. ( You can see the manual on the following page of Yamaguchi Prefecture, http://www.pref.yamaguchi.lg.jp/gyosei/shizen/10.htm (written in Japanese) )
In this case, Yamaguchi prefecture discussed and discussed again with Shunan City and Yamaguchi Prefectural Police about the way to deal with the bear on the scene, and examined to release the bear.
But people who live near the scene feared for the damage to people's life so much because there were damages to the agriculture products and hens by bears.
In addition, the bear had been captured a few years ago and released after teaching not to come to the area people live, so people who live near the scene did not agree to help the bear from the garbage disposal hole and release again.
So we could not help the bear. We opened the lid of the garbage disposal hole, arranged the workers to watch the bear, and left at it stands against our will.
At the same time, Yamaguchi Prefecture discussed with offices related to this case. We concluded that we should not keep giving pains to the bear if we could not help the bear.
At last, Syunan City applied of capture the bear and Yamaguchi Prefecture admitted to kill the bear by medicine based on Wildlife Protection and Hunting Law.
We took out the bear from the garbage disposal hole and buried the bear in the mountain on the same day at night.
Yamaguchi Prefecture believes we should release Wildlife in principle and we already released 5 bears ( including bears that were parent and child ) in this fiscal year based on the understanding of the people who live near the area bears appeared.
But bears appears in the underpopulated area and the area where many old people live in and among the mountains. So if there are much risk to give the damage to the people's life, we exterminate bears to protect people's life and property who live in Yamaguchi Prefecture against our will.
In this case, we gave the greatly sorrow to many people and feel bad about this result.
We learn a lesson from this case, so we turn this lesson to advantage in working on the management to protect bears to coexist with bears.We would like you to understand this case and cooperate to us.”
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