Too much, too soon

Your article with the findings from the grizzly attack last September was unlike anything I’ve ever read in the News&Guide. The level of detail with which the attack occurred and the extent of the wounds was very graphic. Our society craves details, and we are all curious about what happened on Terrace Mountain that horrible day, but it seemed like way more detail than normal or necessary.

Mark left behind five kids and a wife. They are still grieving bitterly the loss of their husband and father. Being a small-town paper, we know they read that article and are once again having to relive that terrible day. And beyond the family, the close friends of Mark who are also still grieving.

I understand our thirst for details. But in the future can we please stop and consider who may be affected by that level of explicit detail? Perhaps just an article saying the investigation was over with some general details and guiding those who really wanted the details to Game and Fish for the full report would better serve all.

Jeremiah Feicht

Jackson

Mule deer leadership

We live, work and recreate in this area. One of the things we appreciate the most is the opportunity to enjoy free-roaming wildlife. We are also aware that while wildlife face numerous challenges, mule deer are especially imperiled.

Strong lease stipulations specific to mule deer are needed for both migration corridors and crucial winter range. The good news is that Wyoming is leading the nation in migration science.

We already know the location of many corridors, stopovers, bottlenecks and crucial winter range. The Bureau of Land Management can conserve some of the last and most impressive migration routes in the world by protecting only a few areas.

We ask the ask newly elected Gov. Mark Gordon and the Game and Fish Department to take the lead by developing best management practices and insisting that the BLM defer leasing in those areas long enough to develop a permanent, science-based solution and get it right. Wyoming can devise approaches to keep not only the landscape of the corridors intact but also the intergenerational memory of those routes. We’d hate for mule deer to go the way of the buffalo.

Michele and Rob Irwin

Green River

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(3) comments

William Addeo

The sensationalism in the news about the grizzly attack fits the mantra; "If it bleeds it leads." So sad that a hunt went bad and we just can't leave it at that. You would have thought it was a murder with all the investigations. It was a hunt that went bad. That's hunting and that should have been it. Newspapers have no feelings, they only have ratings. Now ask yourself this question; The governor of Virginia wants babies killed after they are born and there is nothing in the paper about it? Just goes to show you how much Jackson has changed in the last ten years. Papers claim they aren't bias? Do you thing Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for fair and balanced reporting? Anyone with half a brain can see an agenda. CBS, NBC, CNN, MSNBC are all fair and balanced? We have lost journalism in the quest for power. So sad.
God Bless America.

Sam Campbell

I think our paper contains stories about local issues. The governor of Virginia is certainly a whack job, but that is for his hometown paper, and national news outlets to report. You can think "that's hunting" all you want, but the rational mind knows that is not the case. A man died at work, and I would certainly hope his family is getting death benefits from workers comp, which means the incident needs to be investigated. Not the first person to be killed by a bear at work, wont be the last. If you think there is nothing to be learned from this tragedy, then you aren't paying attention. If you want to take a "Jesus take the wheel" approach to risk mitigation in the back country, by all means, do what feels right to you. That doesn't mean that is the only way.

William Addeo

Mr. Campbell, you are right, I was just trying to minimize the glorification of the incident. You want the truth? I'll give youth truth. The guide mad a big mistake and everyone who hunts a lot knows it. Number one, recovering an animal the next day increases the chances of a bear encounter tremendously, everybody knows that. The guide should have been on high alert for a bear encounter and he should have instructed the hunter on what to do in case of a charge. Never be without your gun when recovering an animal. Have your loaded rifle lying next to the animal and always, always have a heavy caliber pistol loaded and on your side or in a chest holster. A taurus Alaskan in 454 casull is my bear gun. The guide should have instructed the hunter to stand guard with a loaded gun and bear spray. The guides gun should have been on his side instead of in a back pack unloaded. Glocks don't have a safety so it's obvious when the hunter tried to shoot, the gun was unloaded. It's also obvious from the report that the hunter didn't know how to operate the pistol and why he didn't have his rifle or bear spray ready is a big mistake. This was a clear case of doing something too many times and taking it for granted. Forgetting the rules for safety is the number one cause of hunting accidents. Falling out of tree stands without a safety belt is number one. I was only a short distance from Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend when they were eaten by bears in Alaska. Treadwell got what he was asking for, as everyone knows. Two days later we all heard the cam corder audio recording of the attack as it was laying on the tent floor before the recording was destroyed by relatives. It was 9 minutes of terror.
I didn't want to have to state the obvious, but the guide made a big mistake and he paid dearly for it. Everyone is trashing the hunter for leaving. Obviously, he was traumatized beyond his ability. I was in combat for 465 days, I know that people can get very weird when things go horribly wrong and sometimes they also pay with their lives. I will end by stating the obvious, recovering an animal the next day is very, very dangerous. Bringing a rookie hunter on a dangerous recovery is just plain stupid. Four experienced men would have been a good idea for the recovery. If all the rules were followed, this should never have happened. For that, I am truly sorry to have to state the obvious. We are praying for the family.

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