Opinion: Bear exhibit sent a bad message

I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.
The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?
In Ripton, many of us have seen bears in the wild, and respect their freedom and ability to live unbothered by man. What kind of message are we sending to people if we think that keeping wild bears in cages is OK?
Mar Harrison, Ripton

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