This is from the Sept. 11 DAILY BULLETIN:
Although it has been more than a month since a sheriff’s dupeuty shot and killed a black bear in San Antonio heights, residents continue to share their opinions about the incident.
San Antonio Heights resident Herb Rosenzweig contends the San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy was keeping residents safe.
“It wasn’t a pet that was shot. It wasn’t reckless on the part of the deputy,” Rosenzweig said. “The deputy felt there was some danger.”
A couple weeks ago, Rosenzweig attended a community meeting to discuss the July 29 shooting of the black bear on the Upland side of 24th Street. Sheriff’s Department, state Game and Inland Valley Humane Society officials as well as residents attended.
Some residents contend the deputy actied inappropritelty, while others, including Rosenzweig, fully support the deputy’s decision.
“I’m not a hunter. I’ve never gone hunting. I love animals, I really do,” Rosenzweig said. “We have a dog and cat at home. I’ve always had animals from the time I was young. I’m an animal lover plain and simple, but a bear is not a pet.”
Rosenzweig said he did not appreciate that the bear eventually took on a name — “Bopo Boo.”
“Now they’re losing a friend when they shoot the bear, and the bear is capable of doing a lot of damagbe,” Rosenweig said. “The bear could be perfectly tame, but he did not belong ina a residential area. The Heights is stilll a residential area.”