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Yesterday I went upriver on the Klamath. It was a gorgeous day with perfect weather and some trees just starting to turn. The enjoyment was dampened when lying on the river bank was a dead bear that had been shot. I cannot understand why anyone would shoot an animal for the fun of it and just leave it to die. Was this beautiful animal used for target practice? It certainly was not used for food. The only ones eating were the maggots covering its body. According to the fishermen I was with, the day before there was a cub near the dead bear. Has the callousness of this act left a cub motherless? I do not know. A few days before that, I watched as the sea lions were shot at close range with rifles. What has this world come to? Have we lost all appreciation for life? Do we have to needlessly shoot another being for the sheer fun of it? Yes, I understand that the the sea lions get in nets. Yes, that can be dangerous to the fishermen. Yes, they can damage expensive nets. The problem is that there were no nets out at the time and they were simply killing these creatures.