No love for those who hunt elk with arrows | Letter

Every year, bow hunters are running through private properties around the perimeter of Enumclaw city limits chasing wounded elk.

It’s bow hunting season for elk again.

Every year, bow hunters are running through private properties around the perimeter of Enumclaw city limits chasing wounded elk. Last time, they’d been chasing one for three days. This year, our biggest bull elk, leader of a big herd, came into my boss’ field to die and we had to watch. He’d try to stand and then fall, over and over. His herd stayed with him for a long time, but finally fled, scared and confused.

Every year it’s the same lame excuses. Overpopulation: then Fish and Wildlife should handle it humanely with a gun. Elk tear down fences: Fish and Wildlife have recommended fencing to minimize that. Need the meat: then use a gun so your prey won’t suffer while you navigate all these small properties around the town trying to track it.

There’s just no good excuse for hunting our extremely tame herd except to satisfy your “bloodsport.” Last year, I was listening to our big boy snore as he slept near me. This is no sport.

In this area, hunters must trespass to track a wounded animal. This time we had to watch our big boy suffer; no animal should ever have to suffer. We were all traumatized and extremely angry.

We love watching the elk and feel honored to have them on our land. Many people do. What selfishness to take the biggest and strongest and leader of his herd, just for a trophy rack. And any good farmer knows you don’t do this to a gene pool. How selfish to impact the herd and us like this. Go out into the woods and hunt like a real hunter.

If you feel like I do, watch for a Facebook page soon. It will be something like, “Don’t Hunt Elk in Our Backyard.”

Margaret Chowen

South Prairie

More in Letters to the Editor

Former fan finished with disrespectful NFL players

I lived off the grid for 15 years and the one thing I missed the most was watching pro football.

Thank you everyone who made ‘Make A Difference Day’ a success

I want to thank everyone who makes every day a “Make a Difference Day” in Black Diamond.

Nationwide infrastructure needed to combat Alzheimer’s

Too often Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia are treated as a normal aging issue, ignoring the public health consequences of a disease that someone in the U.S. develops every 66 seconds.

Enumclaw mayor deserves a thanks for a job well done

I have always been proud to say I live in Enumclaw.

Clarification on Expo Center funding vote

As a citizen that values our local paper and likes to stay informed about the upcoming elections, I have enjoyed reading the Courier Herald debate for the Enumclaw Mayoreal election.

Molinaro an excellent candidate for Mayor

Following my two interviews with candidate Malinaro, I feel that we are fortunate to have a candidate who is well prepared to provide the leadership we need for a growing community.

The definition of insanity

It is totally clear that the incumbent mayor lacks any ability to bring people together and get things done. She is a failure as mayor, making Black Diamond a laughing stock with her out of control behavior and outbursts at Council meetings.

Baxley and Young should have showed up at public forum

On Tuesday, October 17th, was the Black Diamond Maple Valley Chamber of Commerce Candidates Forum, where the Black Diamond candidates for Mayor and two City Council positions had the opportunity to talk with the citizens of Black Diamond, and to answer questions put to them by these citizens.

Enumclaw helped raise $3,500 for Special Olympics

The last couple of weekends the St. Barbara Knights of Columbus have been involved with our annual Tootsie Roll Program.

Baxley is an important choice for Black Diamond mayor

Judy Baxley has been part of our local civics for years, and thank goodness because citizen involvement is critical to monitoring big developers.

Enumclaw chamber board supports Molinaro for mayor

In an election with significant consequences that will largely shape the future of our community, Enumclaw voters have a clear choice for mayor.

Challenger has no experience working in government

The newspaper’s three-part debate for the position of Black Diamond mayor has been eye opening.