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Loomis couple wishes bears well

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Regarding the recent Loomis bear issue, I feel compelled to set the record straight and provide clarification regarding our frequently cited encounter with the family of black bears that visited our property in early October (Journal, Oct. 28). While we had three chickens taken by them during their visit, we do not blame the bears (chickens are an obvious temptation), nor do we wish them any harm. When various media sources have requested our video and information regarding our encounter, we have made that point very clear. We were not surprised to see the bears on our property as we live in a rural area and have seen numerous species of wildlife (mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, etc.) over the years. That’s why we live here. We were excited to add the bears to our list. My frustration with the media began when there were discussions of a kill permit being issued to a resident by the Department of Fish and Game and the suggestion that it was issued to us. Nothing could be further from the truth. We did not ask for, or receive, any such permit. We hope the bears move back to the Folsom Lake area and away from harm. Peter and Julie Balfour, Loomis