May 22, 2008

DAVID BARON, CALL YOUR OFFICE: It’s not just cougars:

Ray Yager, 23, and a buddy were on their bicycles when they saw all the police activity and were told about the bear.

Moments later they saw the animal running but couldn’t believe it.

“We could have run right into it,” he said.

About 2:30 a.m. officers found blood on the pavement outside 134 Central St. eight blocks or so northwest of the original sighting and began following the drops.

Looking up they found the wounded bear in a pine tree on the east side of Fremont Elementary School and shot and killed it.

It is not true, as the story reports, that bears are “vegetarian.” The return of dangerous animal life is an interesting phenomenon of 21st Century America, as is the human reaction. More background here, here, and here.

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