Social conservative Bryan Fischer has written a blog post stating the proper way to deal with grizzly bears is to shoot them on sight. He works at the American Family Association, an organization promoting traditional marriage, a pro-life agenda, and deregulation of the oil industry.
In his opinion piece on Yellowstone grizzlies, Mr. Fischer wrote, “If itís a choice between grizzlies and humans, the grizzlies have to go. And itís time.” (Source: AFA.net) Clearly though, in Yellowstone National Park, it isn’t a case of a choice between grizzly bears and humans. Humans and grizzly bears have been mostly co-existing there for a long time. Mr. Fischer very conveniently does not tell his readers 3.4 million tourists visited Yellowstone so far this year. Instead he focuses on the two people who were killed by bears in the area in the same period. He chooses to overlook the largest part of the situation which is 99.9999995 percent of the millions of visitors to Yellowstone are not killed by grizzly bears, in order to put forth the notion that bears should be eliminated, and the time to do it is now.
He says there is an easy resolution to the delicate balancing act between humans and wild bears, “Of course there is a simple answer: shoot these man-eaters on sight.” (Source: AFA.net) Mr. Fischer appears to be unaware of the fact most of a grizzly bear’s diet is vegetarian. They typically do not eat humans. In fact, it is extremely rare for grizzly bears to eat people. So there certainly is no need to eliminate bears in Yellowstone.
An obvious solution is to limit the number of human visitors to certain areas of the park where bears are not found. If people continue camping and taking food into areas where there are bears, it is inevitable bears will seek out the human food and occasionally attack or try to eat a person because they are predators and omnivores. If people keep a safe distance, however, incidents are very unlikely. Mr. Fischer preferred a decidedly unscientific view however, “God makes it clear in Scripture that deaths of people and livestock at the hands of savage beasts is a sign that the land is under a curse. The tragic thing here is that we are bringing this curse upon ourselves.” (Source: AFA.net)
The Bible though is not a scientific document, and includes no reality-based guidelines on bear conservation. So fortunately we do have biologists with scientific training to work on conserving bears and other wild animals, while educating the public about how to avoid animal attacks.
Mr. Fisher on the same blog has stated Muslims in America should be treated like Neo-Nazis. Extremism which recommends destroying innocent wild bears, discriminating against law-abiding citizens and promoting intolerance is easy to spot and dismiss.
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