Published 10:25am Wednesday, March 6, 2013

To the editor:

I am compelled to correct a fabrication made by a recent letter writer, John Blanton, whose letter was published in the Wednesday, Feb. 20 Bulletin.

Unfortunately, Mr. Blanton has a history of attempting to justify his position with accusations, inaccuracies and innuendos. He presents himself as the N.C. Wildlife expert for Polk County. However, do not be misled. Gordon Myers, executive director of the N.C. Wildlife Commission, has refuted past statements made by Mr. Blanton and has also stated that “…Mr. Blanton is not a spokesperson for the (N.C. Wildlife) Agency…”

Mr. Blanton stated in his letter that “one woman said she would rather her husband be bitten by another rabid fox than have trapping in Polk County.”

Wow! That sure sounds like an extremist position. The truth is I was the woman who Mr. Blanton completely misrepresented in his attempt to sensationalize the trapping issue. My presentation to the commissioners at the Feb. 4 meeting centered around the fact that trapping is inhumane and that we need to explore other avenues of ridding the area of nuisance wildlife. 

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