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Bear killed on Jackson Avenue

May 1, 2013

PARKERSBURG – Law enforcement officers shot and killed a bear early today on Jackson Avenue after the animal was loose in Parkersburg, officials said....

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MadAsHeck

May-02-13 2:42 PM

It appears more people get worked up over a bear getting shot than they do over someone being stabbed in their city.

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neocurmudgeon74

May-02-13 10:51 AM

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... if we protect our other rights, we might not need to raise a militia to fight the government.

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neocurmudgeon74

May-02-13 8:04 AM

Sorry, beepbeep, I've been following the gun-control debate in these pages so closely, I forgot that this is different.

I didn't say that public witnessing of police work is a good thing in this case, I said that it is an important safeguard in some cases & thus we should look carefully at restictions on the public's role. The Rodney King beating story would have come out very differently had the police been able to restrict private citizens' cameras -- & that was back when cameras were larger & few people carried them. In the future, much more important issues could arise to which the public witness could be relevant.

I am not seeking money or notoriety from pictures. & btw I was nowhere near the scene. I'm a big-picture thinker who looks at something, then turns the idea around & looks at it from another angle.

So, I forgot that our 2nd Amendment rights are the only rights that matter. B/c if we protect our other rights, we might not need to raise a

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mrhomer

May-02-13 4:17 AM

Doubt that they were expecting to make money on that picture...just that frantic rush to get it on WTAP for their 2 min. of fame so yes they probably would have chased a crackhead to get a picture...don't the cops have phones ?....tell them to go back inside and when they don't ...take a picture of the dumbasses and go back and arrest them later..and sending the kids out there...isn't that child endangerment...throw their******in jail for that too..just start enforcing the laws period ...maybe people will get that picture.

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wv1111

May-02-13 12:07 AM

why PPD is so fast killing a bear - when it almost takes a court order for them to do their job(s) when someone needs their help when it doesn't involve a traffic ticket? I wish they would do their total job like they took care of the bear problem!!!

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wv1111

May-02-13 12:03 AM

i am thankful they were able to publish a photo of the bear lying in it's own blood. haven't they herd of a tranq. gun? just remember this police force claims they need AR style rifles to they can shoot at 100 yards. now, where in the city would an AR shoot that far? besides a fully rifled barreled shotgun with the better made slugs have a flat shot range of 130 yards. me - I would rather be shot with the AR than a shotgun slug.

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BfromWV

May-01-13 11:52 PM

For future reference I would like to offer the PPD a phrase to use for crowd control "get your a** back in the house or go to jail". If the gawkers don't listen use them for bear bait. By the way where had the bear been all day that no one saw it until after 11PM? I doubt he magically appeared. I feel safer with a 300 pound black bear roaming the streets than a 120 pound drug addict.

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buffalogal

May-01-13 11:37 PM

Umm, bear "on the loose"? What does that mean anyhow? Had the bear been previously confined and was now free, or was it a simply a wild bear passing through? From poor writing to poor judgment, this whole situation stinks. Black bears are not normally aggressive. Unfortunately, many people are. A tragic encounter.

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IMHO2u

May-01-13 11:19 PM

Blaming it on the bystanders. You guys are PPD can't you control bystanders?? Maybe order them indoors or to move out of the area?? Blame it on anyone but themselves....pathetic!! A bunch of trigger happy cowboys on a bear hunt!!

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Privatized

May-01-13 11:02 PM

For heaven's sake, they're the cops! Can't they tell people to clear the immediate area while they handle the bear humanely?!!

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montann

May-01-13 10:03 PM

WHAT was wrong with Fish Wildlife and Parks coming in and trapping the bear to move it to a safer place - the shooting was unwarranted. We now live in Montana and FWP goes to great lengths to save the bears.

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Guy007

May-01-13 9:56 PM

The unnecessary death of an innocent bear has evoked more comments than the death of drug using pieces of ****. This tells me there are decent humans in Parkersburg who care more for innocent wildlife than the demise of drug addicts, who indeed are responsible for their own actions.

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neocurmudgeon74

May-01-13 9:38 PM

Cell phones & cameras have at least 2 sides. On the one hand, they made the bear uneasy, & that was definitely bad.

On the other hand, we can let our fellow citizens know what our police officers are doing, w/ pictures. We don't have to go into our houses, stay away from windows, & take the police's word for what happened, just b/c the police tell us it's for our own security. Doesn't appear to have any benefit in this case, but it's not a right we should give up too easily.

Madison didn't want a Bill of Rights b/c even our Founding Fathers would overlook some right, & some future government would say we don't have that right b/c it's not in the Constitution. I think that once he got up to speed on the way things are now, he would say that the ability to take photos, & videos w/ sound, of police officers is just such a right.

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IFHPED

May-01-13 8:55 PM

I wonder how many of the "macho men" had to change their shorts when they got home?

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IFHPED

May-01-13 8:34 PM

Most intelligent people (if there are any out there) would have avoided being close to this situation, ergo, no one would have been hurt. Had someone been stupid enough to get close and be mauled, it is not the fault of the bear, but the fault of a human with the brains to think things thru'.

I have had people call me, nearly hysterical, because there was a possum or racoon in their yard and they were petrified of it!! Get real, people, leave smaller wild animals alone, and they will wander off. I live in an area where I see quite a few nocturnal critters roaming around at night. I have never been attacked. They just wander around looking for food, then leave.

If some of you are so afraid, then educate yourself about wildlife and then you may understand. If I had seen this bear in my neighborhood, after calling the police, I would have stayed inside.

Boy, some people!!!

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BfromWV

May-01-13 7:59 PM

Should have let the bear eat the gawkers. Poor bear didn't deserve to be gunned down in the street. There had to have been a better way.

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mrhomer

May-01-13 6:27 PM

Fantastic tourist destination you got there...wild animals being stalked by the same kind of people who "looky looky" at fatal accidents...small children running the streets after midnight and panhandlers in front of Wally World..make a great reality show.

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FYYFDA

May-01-13 5:19 PM

Safety is always used as an excuse to pass a bad law or shoot an innocent creature. If a citizen would have shot the bear(WVU mascot for example) there would be repercussions for their actions. I do not believe bear season is in and I bet the officer was not wearing blaze orange. Also, Mr. Jeff Mcrady needs to put a leash on his dog when he walks by my house because I see his dog as a threat. Will Mr. Mcrady order an officer to shoot his own dog since it scares me? He should, it is at least an eighty pound dog and it intimidates me, it is always in the road causing safety issues with motorists. Think what an eighty pound dog could do to a small child. Something need to be done before a child is hurt.

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Guy007

May-01-13 4:58 PM

To paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi and St. Francis of Assisi: "Humanity is judged by how it treats innocent animals". This says a lot about those who killed an innocent victim searching for the food that the stupid two legged animals(humans) negligently left improperly sealed.

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Woody

May-01-13 4:53 PM

And do not get me wrong on my earlier comments.I am only faulting the fact the bear was killed and not kept alive like I truly believe should have been the case here.The folks involved do know more about the circumstances surrounding this event more so then any of us posters do so I will wait to hear their side of the story.We can take a good look at why these animals venture into our cities,etc.Take a drive out U.S.Rt 50 and take a look around at how the frackers and cell tower folks have raped the land..and I can only imagine how much habitat they have robbed going even farther back into the woods.It's a dang shame to say the least.These bears and cats have to go somewhere for food when their own habitat is being taken away on a daily basis.Does the bear have a tracking device?Is it a WV bear or a Buckeye bear??

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Woody

May-01-13 4:46 PM

And do not get me wrong on my earlier comments.I am only faulting the fact the bear was killed and not kept alive like I truly believe should have been the case here.The folks involved do know more about the circumstances surrounding this event more so then any of us posters do so I will wait to hear their side of the story.We can take a good look at why these animals venture into our cities,etc.Take a drive out U.S.Rt 50 and take a look around at how the frackers and cell tower folks have raped the land..and I can only imagine how much habitat they have robbed going even farther back into the woods.It's a dang shame to say the least.These bears and cats have to go somewhere for food when their own habitat is being taken away on a daily basis.Does the bear have a tracking device?Is it a WV bear or a Buckeye bear??

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Privatized

May-01-13 4:21 PM

"[3]Shooting a bear at too close a range can cause injury or death, especially if vital areas are hit (shots at moving/treed bears do not always hit intended muscle mass) [4]Potentially dangerous to personnel using the drugs or public if a drug-loaded dart is lost near human habitation or ricochets off bear/tree/fence etc. and hits bystanders [5]Proper certification is necessary to administer any type of chemical immobilization "

3)Bullets offer no alternative other than death

4)Bullets potentially dangerous to personnel using the bullets or public if a bullet ricochets off bear/tree/fence etc. and hits bystanders

5)Then maybe our DNR has not provided proper training

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LBelle

May-01-13 3:30 PM

Disadvantages of Tranquilization:

[1]Not instantaneous - can take considerable time to take effect, during which time the bear may move, climb a tree, enter water or charge. Thus, it works best if the bear is in a contained area [2]Potential for overdosing if several darts are needed or handler is unsure how much drug is injected on each try [3]Shooting a bear at too close a range can cause injury or death, especially if vital areas are hit (shots at moving/treed bears do not always hit intended muscle mass) [4]Potentially dangerous to personnel using the drugs or public if a drug-loaded dart is lost near human habitation or ricochets off bear/tree/fence etc. and hits bystanders [5]Proper certification is necessary to administer any type of chemical immobilization

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AaronL

May-01-13 3:16 PM

DNR officer was there; took him a little over a half an hour.

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Woody

May-01-13 2:57 PM

Mr.Smith made his comment as if he were referring to an agressive type grissley/brown bear or something worse. Turn the corner and eat a child?? Laughable at best!And I HAVE come in semi close contact with a black bear in the woods.Not a problem what-so-ever...you just walk away from them and not make a lot of noise.In fact,he had more rights to those woods then I did!!One tranquilizer would have worked fairly quickly on this size of bear.

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