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    Grape-munching bears
    Some winery owners have summoned authorities to trap and shoot black bears as well as wild pigs, deer, turkeys and mountain lions that plundered their vineyards. The killings have sparked debate over the future of wildlife in the nation's most famous wine-growing region.

    "Certainly for areas like Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa counties, vineyards are our largest group that is requesting depredation permits," said Eric Larson, deputy regional manager for the California Department of Fish and Game.

    With premium Cabernet grapes that can be produced only in mountainous regions selling for $5,000 to $7,000 a ton, vineyards have sprouted on slopes and ridgetops where animals make their homes. The state is required to issue extermination permits if property owners show evidence of damage caused by wildlife, Larson said.

    Earlier this year, animal control officers caught and killed four black bears two males and two females at the Aetna Springs Vineyard in the rugged Pope Valley. Winery owner Paul Maroon said he had tried scaring off the bears, but resorted to getting rid of them for good because he feared they might hurt his field workers.

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    Its sad.. The planet doesn't belong to humans alone.

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    Thet should exterminate the bloody landowners who want it all for themselves....ignorant money grabbing assoles.
    One day parasites and their ilk will be made illegal, I bet a few Lawyers will be pissed off when the day comes.
    Mr. Spitzer is fetching it nearer

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    This kind of thing is what makes species go extinct. If the property had been vineyards for ages, that'd be one thing--but since it's new/expanded vineyards, I think the people should show some restraint. It's them doing the encroaching in this case, not the bears.
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