In the Feb. 11 Chieftain, there was a letter that made me a little upset, and it was not the letter itself. It was the three letters it was responding to that did it. It seems to me that we have a few squabbling tourists that are throwing tantrums and making threats about the way we live here.

Now I know that everyone is entitled to their opinion, but we do not tell them how to live, and they should show us the same courtesy. Wallowa County is our home, not theirs, and it is my opinion that we as residents of this great place are a little different from the rest of the state and we settled here for a reason.

I myself am a hunter and fisherman and hope to soon have my trapper's license, and to have someone who does not live here say that my chosen way of life is wrong because they don't agree with it makes my blood boil, and in response to their threats of not coming back, all I have to say is good riddance and we don't need people like that coming to visit. We need friends of our great valley who come here for the beauty and friendly, easygoing nature of our home.

Furthermore, to those who will not return because of the use of spring leg traps, all I have to say is that I feel sorry for you because you are going to miss out on all the beauty of this place because you can't just get along on account of your own twisted world perspective that says that something that has been around since the dawn of humanity is inhumane and that because you don't like it we should have to stop.

That says to me that you think we are lesser forms of humans because we use an effective way of harvesting natural resources, and if that makes me less human than you, I am happier for it. I want you to know that I enjoy trapping and its benefit and I will continue to do so. I wish you the best in all your endeavors and hope to not see you in our beloved home again.

Corum De Lyria


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