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Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears

A similar drive-through "bear park" existed in West Glacier. It did not end well for the bears, the owner, nor the neighbors. An ugly deal. When will people learn.

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Posted by Jill Munson on 07/22/2017 at 10:41 AM

Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears

Matt Martens, you had me until you determined that the bear had "an unmistakable glint of shame in his eyes." We don't know that the bear felt shame, as it has never lived in a culture where shame and blame are used to manipulate and control others. It is an installed emotion (typically by religion, but parents do their share). Perhaps the bear was just dulled by his diet and imprisonment. It is disrespectful to subscribe human emotions to other species, especially those from the wild. I would guess it was you feeling the shame and projecting it onto the bear.
Patty Bowers: We are a sociopathic society and are doing the same thing to millions of human citizens caught in the 'drug wars' and the oppression of poverty. It's sad, and I agree this should not be happening to any wild animal. Let's also look at what we are doing to ourselves with the industrial prison complex. - especially since it became big business instead of being run at the local level by law enforcement folk who likely lived with and know their prisoners.

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Posted by BigLover on 07/22/2017 at 8:38 AM

Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears

WELL NOW, CONSIDERING THAT GRIZZLIES ARE NO LONGER ON THE ENDANGERED SPECIES LIST AND CAN BE HUNTED LIKE THE WOLVES IN IDAHO....AND MONTANA...AND ANY OTHER STATE THEY CAN MAKE MONEY OFF HUNTING AND TRAPPING...PERHAPS THIS WILL BE OUR ONLY WAY OF SEEING THESE BEAUTIFUL ANIMALS IN THE FUTURE...PERHAPS THIS WRITER WOULD LIKE TO EXPLAIN THAT ONE WHILE HE IS CHEWING HIS BEAR STEAK!!!!!!!!

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Posted by Cj Rolphe on 07/20/2017 at 10:28 PM

Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears

This is revolting and evil. Who would imprison wild animals n deny them their entire life of being w their own families in the wild n choosing to do what they want, where they want. Only a greedy heartless Sociopath would do this to another living being. This should be stopped IMMEDIATELY and all the animals turned over to good, responsible sanctuaries w miles of acres for the animals ro roam.
This makes me sick! And angry! STOP IT NOW!!
Patty Bowers

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Posted by Patricia Bowers on 07/20/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “In Idaho, a hunter finds a sad state of affairs for bears

As overcrowded as that place is, and the animals being fed such garbage, it sounds to me like some *responsible* adults (Humane Society, State fish and game, ag department ?) should be called in and shut the place down.

Places like that are inhumane and should be closed and not permitted.

But wait, this particular "attraction" is in Idaho after all, so it's OK, so long as somebody is making money from it.

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Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Looking a TIF horse in the mouth: Is the MRA getting our money's worth at the Marriott?

This whole thing smelled fishy to me, right from the get-go, and -- recycling a line I loved by a TV talking head referring to the repuglikans' "replacement" of ObummerCare -- "like a dead fish, the longer it lays aground, the worse it stinks".

Never trust a real estate developer/speculator -- and let's not forget that's what Drumpf and his corrupt family are.)

Me thinks one of the last things Missoula needs is another chain hotel, where the profits go out of state to the korporate executives and investors, and all that's left here are crappy-paying service jobs.

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Posted by alf on 07/20/2017 at 12:05 PM

Re: “Looking a TIF horse in the mouth: Is the MRA getting our money's worth at the Marriott?

It's a good thing award-winning journalist D.Brooks is asking tough questions here because the Independent's color-clashing ads, scrolling news feed, and style guide that doesn't include capitalizing nouns which will be later abbreviated (TIF) have left me mentally decimated.

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Posted by Charming Charlie on 07/20/2017 at 12:01 PM

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