Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 14, 2013

He wasn’t a poacher, but shot the bears in self-defense

I am writing in response to the Jan. 4 article written by Mike Sawyers titled “LaVale man charged with killing bear out of season.” (Page 1B)

The man in question, Charles Frederick Evans Ill is my nephew, and I feel the need to add some facts that were not printed.

The article makes my nephew seem like a cold-blooded “poacher.” Nothing could be farther from the truth. This young man has never intentionally hurt anything or anyone in his entire life. He is a kind-hearted person who goes out of his way to put a smile on the faces of the people around him.

What the article failed to mention was that the bear that he killed was actually chasing him. He ran from all six (not four) bears, and only shot when he realized that he would never outrun them.

The mother bear was 18 feet away from him, still running at full speed, when he turned and shot. This distance was measured by the Natural Resources Police officers that responded to the call that my brother placed to them. If my nephew is a “poacher,” he must be the dumbest poacher on earth to essentially turn himself in.

After the mother was shot, the other bears continued to charge, the second one was then shot. Some of the bears that charged that day were in fact cubs. However, there is no proof that the second bear was a cub, as it was never found.

The investigation lasted for five hours, with my brother and my nephew and the others in their hunting party staying the entire time. They actually helped the NRP try to find the other bear. They called the NRP to report the shooting and stayed to offer any assistance.

Does that sound like any of them were out there that day with the intention of killing bear out of season?

My nephew was told the day of the incident by the NRP officers that the mother bear would have only run at him and knocked him down. Really? Then what? Would she have kissed him or shook his hand? I think not.

There are reports from across the nation every year that demonstrate what a mother bear will do when startled or when she feels her cubs are in danger.

The outcome is not pretty. My nephew shot out of fear and the need for self-preservation. I would have done the same thing, as would anyone.

So although the article makes my nephew seem like a “poacher,” I would much rather read an article without all the facts, than read the obituary of this loving father, husband, son, and nephew.

Kelly Self

Cumberland

1
Text Only
Opinion
  • Support Canal classrooms with tax-deductible gift

    While your April 17 article (“Park Service opens Canal classrooms,” Page 1A) described this exciting program accurately, your readers may be wondering how they can help support this new educational opportunity for school children in Allegany County.

    April 18, 2014

  • Ivan Hall story brings back memories of a unique man

    I enjoyed Mike Sawyers’ Ivan Hall story. It was well written and brought back some wonderful memories of my Cumberland days and especially, an unique man.

    April 18, 2014

  • It’s a secret It’s a secret

    Could someone enlighten us about why not even the names of the two entities bidding on development of the Footer Dye Works building can be divulged?
    A Times-News article about the bids included an explanation from a lawyer for the attorney general’s office about the need to keep the names and other information secret at this time. Despite that, the logic of not divulging at least a little more information escapes us.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • What do we do about those who weren’t criminals after all?

    Now that Maryland has become the 17th state to (finally) decriminalize possession of marijuana, one could say that the legislature and governor should be patted on the back for doing the right thing.

    April 17, 2014

  • The first step The first step

    If all goes as planned, Frostburg State University will one day offer a doctorate in nursing, a physician’s assistant program and a new health sciences building on campus.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Translations differ, but the message is eternal

    This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).

    April 15, 2014

  • Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters

    After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.

    April 15, 2014

  • The first step Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing

    The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
    When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Where to look Where to look

    Drive anywhere in Maryland and it seems there is one highway construction project after another. While it is good to see our roads and bridges being upgraded, it can be nerve-wracking for anyone traveling a long distance.

    April 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • Midterm elections give chance to return to American values

    A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest  group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the  outcome of the November election if they all respond.

    April 14, 2014