I wish to respond to the well written Aug 29 letter of Laurel Douglas, Keep a Leash on Fear.
I am neither going to agree or disagree with your views. Nor am I the one who talked to your children. I just want to apprise you of my particular experiences.
Two weeks ago, on a busy Friday, I arrived home from work and sat outside on my ground-level deck to enjoy the end-of-the week cocktail. Not more than 10 feet away from me, a black bear stood up to see what was going on. He looked at me, I looked at him and with that he wandered across the street. He didn't bother a soul, but was just scoping out the neighbourhood for food.
The week prior, I was driving to work at 6: 20 a.m. and a coyote was patrolling the neighbourhood, walking up the sidewalk, undoubtedly looking for a neighbourhood cat or small dog. That same week, I was driving up the same street at 3: 15 p.m. and a coyote was walking down the neighbourhood path from Eastview school.
These are wild animals who are hungry and go where the food is. We have invaded their territory and now they are invading ours.
Exercise caution and common sense, that's all.
Karen M. Proctor North Vancouver