I was chagrined to see The Ledger's front-page article on the killing of a magnificent grizzly bear, not for food or protection, but ego satisfaction ["Haven man recalls historic hunt," Oct. 5].

Maybe Jim Cross now has some regrets in light of recent animal rights movements, but why else would you continue to keep the skin on your wall? I recently traveled to Glacier National Park (soon needing to be renamed) to see a bear skin where it belongs — on a bear.

As it is now legal to hunt bears and wolves, and as the family dog has now been classified as the same species as wolves (Canis lupus), you can shoot a collarless, homeless cockapoo. I'm sure some taxidermist would mount your trophy to hang on your wall. Won't that impress your house guest!

Is hunting bears, wolves and dogs legal? Yes, but is it ethical? My answer: What do you get in a designer dog when you cross a bulldog with a Shih Tzu?

John Haldeman, Lakeland