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That may very well be the case, but the net wouldn't have even been necessary if it hadn't come to the point of having to remove the animal. People need to just step away from the phone when it comes to bear sightings, unless there is a threat to the animal or the people. That bear would have likely just gone on its merry way had it not become a media circus.
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The original call to 911 went in at midnight. "Several attempts were made to coax the bear down..." Please! What did they do, open a jar of honey? Of course, if it was still there in the morning something had to be done, but it was never given a chance to just wander off on its own.
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I agree the removal was warranted...but it could have been done so that the bear lived. No, I am not an expert, but I seriously believe there were other ways to remove the bear. Closing off the street. Keeping people indoors. Using a net that could handle the bears weight or use a fall bag. Use a boom lift, tranq it and bring it into the basket and down safely. They had plenty of time to plan out something better than what they did.
Several spottings in recent weeks from Batavia to Pittsford and every where in between.
Spotted and photographed in Pittsford this morning.
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My father walked out the front door of his house towards the garage over the weekend when a good sized black bear came around the corner of the house and ambled across the lawn in front of him. It glanced at him, keep on going out the driveway and across the road. Thing is, that's not the only time there have been bears there. A few years ago, they had to move the bird feeders up to 20 feet to keep them out the reach of the bear that found sunflower & thistle seed a good snack in the afternoon. A couple times they broke into the shed where the seed was kept and helped themselves to the whole bag. After they did that a few times (breaking the door in the process) I caught one of them at it and shooed him away. Another time I was leaning out the back window watching a mother and an older cub raid the feeder when the cub took an interest in me. The window was about 7 feet off the ground and the cub stood up on his hind legs and practically came nose to nose with me. I could literally have bumped noses with him. I didn't of course, and gave a loud yell in his face and he scampered off after his momma who had already lost interest and was walking back into the woods.
So, seeing a bear around here is nothing special, and if I had called the cops they would probably have laughed and said "So?" but I guess that comes from living in the hills as opposed to the city folk who act like they've never seen anything except humans, dogs or cats in their lives. Maybe they haven't, I don't know. Too bad for them.