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Letter blames wrong party


Dear Woods-N-Water News:

Mr Smith's letter of Nov. 3, 2009 is a prime example of placing blame on the wrong party. He uses the print to try and vilify the very people we employ to ensure that baiting regulations are enforced. Smith tells us his friend has been feeding the forest animals but after some growing infatuation singled out bears to feed.

Add to the fact the friend(s) primary residence is elsewhere and for some reason applied (oh yes, for the nobility of denying someone else a license) for, and received a bear permit, openly stated he was feeding the bears before the legal date, was obviously reported by another and then verified it by his own statement to the DNR officer(s). Well, the standard for probable cause was met, and a citation issued.

Mr. Smith seems to think the officers arrived with the sole intent to cite his friend, and tried to "right the wrong" interjecting his professional opinion. I say the officers acted properly, and by the law. By reading his (Smith) version he now tries to paint the COs (by name) as wrong. He further muddies the waters by telling us of other baits out of season and such...enough.

Your friend was not singled out, these officers were doing the job we sportspersons and taxpayers demand. You are offended they didn't recognize your "status," and ignore their duty. Personally, I hope your friend spends a lot of money for court expenses and a lawyer, I unlike you take great pride in our legal system, most judges and magistrates are keen at discovering distortions and embellishments. By Smith's version, the guy was baiting out of season, got caught, the COs didn't listen to Smith's opinion, he got mad and now to get even takes it to print.

You wonder why the media is scrutinized?

Mark Wadkins

Livonia

Mark Wadkins
November 25, 2009

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