It shall have to be a clever trap, Piglet, so you shall have to help me

October 6th, 2010

That’s a bear trap. To catch a grizzly that’s been wandering town. Exhibiting aggressive behavior. Towards people. A block away from our cabin. Yep. (Word is they got him.)

4 Responses to “It shall have to be a clever trap, Piglet, so you shall have to help me”

  1. Gretchen on October 6, 2010 8:29 am

    I’ll never forget the day I was sitting at Dunkin Donuts in Duluth, MN and A bunch of police officers slowly walked by. They were followed by a large black bear and then another bunch of police officers.

    Sometimes when the bears wake up in the Spring or get drowsy in the Fall, they get confused and wander into urban areas. The police escort them until Animal Control arrives, just in case they “get feisty.”

  2. Peg on October 6, 2010 4:53 pm

    Earlier this year in Tennessee, a bear got loose … and the deputies eventually found him — when they accidentally backed a squad car into him.

    I could barely get through the story for laughing when I was reading it aloud for Talking Library. It’s become the standard on my team for when I almost crack up on air (“Well, she was close, but it’s not up to that bear”).

  3. Jennifer on October 7, 2010 5:31 am

    I have respect for bears, especially grizzlies, in the wilderness, but grizzlies – adult males in particular – in town just scare me. Once they’re looting garbage and having random interactions with people, they’re not normal bears anymore and become completely unpredictable. We heard they’re going to relocate him to deep wilderness and hope he doesn’t find his way back to a town; if he becomes a recidivist bear they’ll have to put him down. It never ends well for the bear when they start wandering in to town.

  4. Jennifer on October 11, 2010 8:33 pm

    I read later that the bear had been euthanized. He was a 15 year old male in “poor condition” and it was judged that in all likelihood he would not have survived the winter if they relocated him to the back country.

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