Friday, July 7, 2017

What's Up With The Dead Bear Picture In The Mountain Views News?


I have received several complaints about the item reposted above, so maybe it is time this one got aired out a little. Our local adjudicated newsweekly of record, which prints precious little in the way of original reporting on news affairs of actual importance to this town, published this rather gruesome picture in the "Sierra Madre" section of last week's edition. What the grisly outcome of a bear hunt conducted in British Columbia by some yahoo from South Carolina has to do with Sierra Madre is beyond me.

Here is one such note.

I personally feel it was an extremely poor column, badly written  and the photo one of the sickest I've ever seen. All this in a 'newspaper' that lives in the foothills with the beautiful bears.  

Perhaps, just perhaps, I'm reading more into this than I need...but it is NEVER appropriate to kill innocent animals.  Never.  Moreover, publishing a photo like that just makes me sick...

Sierra Madre is a town that has learned to live with, respect, and even love, the wildlife that's inhabited this area for countless thousands of years. Certainly way before anything that looks like us ever arrived on the scene. By printing the above the Mountain Views News has at the very least shown an unfortunate disregard for a key value long shared by most living in this community.

Thank you to those who wrote in.

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46 comments:

  1. The bear may not be dead, it might just be going an an adventure to find picnic baskets with the hunter.

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  2. The author of the article is an idiot,they are the same exact bears we have here in Sierra Madre. The black bear is the continent's smallest and most widely distributed bear species.

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  3. The dead bear symbolizes all the freedom's the residents of Sierra Madre have lost now are stuck with city hall's over reach until it comes to paying the light and water bill's then city hall tossed it back in to the laps of it tax (over taxed) paying residents. I do believe a severe cost cutting program needs to be instituted at once - This should be brought up at the next City Council meeting, time to pin some ears back and get started instead of kicking the can down the road again.

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    1. Where are you from anyways? The "light" bill is from SCE,other than a UUT charge it has nothing to do with the City.

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    2. We haven't lost any "freedom's" go away.......

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    3. Trying to be niceJuly 7, 2017 at 7:16 AM

      Edison is the power provider for most homes in Sierra Madre. The only homes Edison isn't involved with are living off the grid and using solar power. Edison is more deeply involved here than you are aware.

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    4. You're making things up there are no homes,zero,"living off the grid" in Sierra Madre,and if there were SCE would still be involved. "Edison is more deeply involved here than you are aware" conspiracy theory? You're nuts.......

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    5. Utterly clueless.

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  4. I rarely pick up a copy the Mt. View News, it has become a walking advertisement matching only the yellow pages.
    The photo shows a magnificent bear, brought down by a human.
    I can not relate to any connection between what the article from South Carolina and Southern California may.
    Sierra Madre is a Wildlife Corridor, protections have been established.
    I have not read that particular article, i am glad that I did not stop to pick up a copy of the anything but Sierra Madre news.
    Thank you Tattler.

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    1. Susan doesn't care. Why should she? She doesn't even live here anymore.

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  5. Nothing about that 'hunt' in Alaska would be appropriate copy for the Mt View News (missed it, gladly for that week and all others) so as you said Moderator, just a filler for a poor excuse of a 'newspaper.'

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  6. Seriously, thank you Tattler! I saw this too, and did a double take. Pretty damn inappropriate, and unnecessary.

    Real men don't hunt bears. Only little boys with ego or 'manhood' issues they need to sort out to make themselves feel better or to feel "virile", or something like that I'd think.

    Can't really understand the stupidity.

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    1. Can you imagine if it was man (w/o weapon) vs bear... we all know the outcome... Only puny-brained morons who get to use the result of years of weapon evolution dare take on a bear. I read about a Kenyan marathoner in Maine who was out for a jog the other day and ran into a bear who started chasing him - this guy was super-quick and outran the bear, only to hide on a porch. yea, we've evolved to be the smarter mammal, but doesn't mean we have to go gloriously killing all things that scare us.

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    2. 8:05 I absolutely agree. Especially as we have gloriously killed the population of bear that is on our darn state flag after all. There has been such a rapid loss of life since man has walked this glorious Earth, and it is so darn sad that the local rag continues to parade and champion this folly. Look up megafauna extinctions (Australia is a good start), in case you haven't already heard.

      Trophy hunting should be socially stigmatized more than it already is.

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  7. This is a good example of just how little thought goes into the Mountain Views News. The front page is usually dedicated to regurgitating city hall press releases, and the rest if it? Outside of the guy who writes about the goings on at JPL and NASA, fluff and nonsense. The only priority the publisher of this stolen rag dedicates herself to is sucking money out of the pockets of local merchants and city hall. It is a parasite publication that gives back nothing to the community that sustains it. We really do deserve so much better.

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    1. Well said, 7:46. For a while, we did have a good paper. Then Henderson hustled her way into ownership.
      Wonder if she ever paid the court judgement against her for $47,000.

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    2. I wonder how many people know about the court case and how Henderson was convicted of "misappropriating" that paper. If my read is correct, she doesn't even own it. She is a kind of squatter there.

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    3. The city needs to start putting its official advertising on the city's website. Saves money and takes away financial support from this bad actor.

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  8. Awful. A man goes to Canada to hunt bears and this is local news? I understand hunting for food but not for sport. Completely inappropriate for the MVN.

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  9. Trump is a clown,and a dangerous one at that,but Putin is a little manlett,I forgot how tiny he was till I saw a picture of him and his puppet today.

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    1. Don't be sexist because he's a short man. Or treat height like a handicap Can't help the way one is born

      He's got plenty of other traits you can criticize

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    2. Your English is lacking; Definition of sexist-"relating to or characterized by prejudice, stereotyping, or discrimination, typically against women, on the basis of sex". My comment has nothing to do with sex or handicaps Putty tries to look big in all his photo ops he has a Napoleonic complex.Trump has little hands btw.

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    3. Pinetop Putin.

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    4. 8:56 'manlette' is a predjudiced feminization of manhood and so is sexist.

      You're suggesting he's not really a man because he doesn't fit your sexual stereotype of what a man should look like. As such you are being discriminatory.

      Otherwise, I don't care. Putin is despicable.

      Carry on.

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    6. When did you start to think you had the ability to read peoples minds? You really can not I hope you realize.

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    7. I find midgets and clowns unsettling if not just plain scary.

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    8. Me, too. Especially when they are mass murderers with compromising videos of the President of the United States.

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    9. No disputin' Putin's rootin' is convolut'n.

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    10. 9:56 = Matheson

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  10. Awful. Just awful.

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  11. Somebody please forward this to PETA.

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  12. Had a bear in my trash can again this past week. Goes into the back yard, knocks down the trash can, and helps himself. Called Athens for a "Bear Barrel" trash can and discovered can is almost six dollars more a month plus must agree to a three year commitment . Barely,(bearly) worth it!

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    1. Maybe just keep your perishables in your house until trash day like so many of us do. Or drop them off at a nearby dumpster. I've lived in the canyon over a decade and have never had bears though my next door neighbors never learn clean up after them every week

      Bad for the bears to rely on human scraps anyway

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  13. If the city can provide exemptions on collecting fee's from homeowners that have zero grid Solar Panels; Edison gets their return.
    Then the City Council should give the "Bear" trash containers the same exemption.
    If the homeowners in the hills all move to switch out cans, to be fair, the city needs to supplement the additional cost.

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  14. PETA successfully sued the City of Arcadia recently, on the City's program of euthanized coyotes.

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    1. PETA versus Joe Mosca over the 4th of July elephant a couple of years back was pretty exciting.

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  15. Ole Joe was no Elephant; he most definitely is the back side of a mule/donkey; hee haw.

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    1. Pin the tail on the fly.

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  16. As the town of Sierra Madre enters into summertime swimming pool time, for mommy and me bears, would the city be so good as to post "Attention Wildlife in this Area"; for the trails and Carter One.
    This includes when Mountain Lion are spotted in neighborhoods.
    The intention of the Mt. VIEW News, and the featured article of the Bear poaching, was confusing.
    What highlights might we expect from that paper and the Parade coverage?
    We did enjoy the Unknown Kazoo Band; keeping Music alive.

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    1. While a sign would be fun if you're in the foothills,or anyplace in Sierra Madre you should have the common sense to know that many animals besides us live here.Actually posting signs as one comes into Sierra Madre next to the overnight parking rule signs is plausible.

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  17. Because of the extreme heat we have invited the local bears over for a pool party. I am posting this as a heads up to the MVN. The bears are quite upset and you might want to avoid this neighborhood until later this evening.

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    1. I hope they brought tanning butter.

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  18. The Social Side ...

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