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Opinions vary on black bear question

May 3, 2013

PARKERSBURG— Opinions on what local authorities should have done to the black bear that was wandering in the Jackson Avenue area vary from they should have made efforts to use a tranquilizers to the......

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JoeBobAcabra

May-03-13 12:11 AM

It's amazing how much coverage and comment this kind of event generates. Regardless of how one feels about the demise of this particular bear, why can't this level of concern and response be forthcoming when we learn of human beings losing their jobs?

"In today's news only 10 people lost jobs in the latest cutbacks at so-and-so company." Few if any questions about why those jobs can be done better in China. Few if any explanations from the comfortably paid 'economic development' officials.

But if someone shoots a bear in the middle of town - WHY WHY WHY?

Give me a break.

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north26103

May-03-13 1:19 AM

maybe the bear was a pet? or part of the circus that was in Charleston and escaped the truck? No win situation for police . If the bear ate little Jimmy everyone would be made about that.

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ProtectBlackBears

May-03-13 1:37 AM

DNR biologist Jeff McCrady states: 'It was a beautiful pelt,' McCrady said. 'I hated the thought of it going to waste.' I hate the reality of this beautiful animal senselessly killed and mutilated. If this bear was a female with cubs her instinct would have been to send them up a tree to safety, and if just left alone, she would call them down when she no longer felt threatened. Based on some of the uninformed comments in the article, education on the true nature of black bears is seriously needed in this community. We can peacefully co-exist with these magnificent animals. ***********bearsmart****/ It’s truly sad that the first “solution” to an incident like this is a lethal one - People destroy what they fear and do not understand.

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jarhead99

May-03-13 8:30 AM

The people out roaming the streets looking for the bear share a big part in the bear being put down. Dont blame the DNR or the Police. If all those idiots wouldnt have been outside chasing the bear then they wouldve made the decision to just let the bear wander away.

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sassey

May-03-13 8:47 AM

You know JBA, the reason we're not hearing about alot of job losses, is because some of them are collecting through our hard earned paying taxes, called welfare! Now for the bear story, seems our police force needs to have some training in crowd control. They were given that training in the 60's,70's, and 80's, by a professional, as well as at the State Accadamy, however, after 9-11, they didn't seem to need that kind of training anymore, or so they thought. Then there are the citizens, out looking for the bear. How STUPID!! Now DNR, where were you? Sounds like a job you could have handled. As for the bear, seems innocent enough, just looking for food in the wrong places. But at least it had a ligitament reason for doing what it was doing, it was hungry!!!

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BakerKat

May-03-13 9:17 AM

They couldn't shoot a tranquilizer because so many people were out - yet they shot a gun. Sorry makes no sense to me to not even try.

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pburghike

May-03-13 9:24 AM

Sounds like the DNR really adores our State Animal, but only after it's been skinned. Maybe he'll make a suit and wear the bear skin next to his body ... like in that "Lambs" movies. "The DNR has the pelt in one of its freezers." Clarisse ... "It was a beautiful pelt, I hated the thought of it going to waste."

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teedoff

May-03-13 9:44 AM

It's sad thyey had to kill the bear because of the idiots with flashlights trying to get a glimpse of him. Had these people mlistened and stayed indoors, they could have given him a tranqualizer without having to worry about him going after someone while the drug took affect. This is just one more instance where peopele were the problem, not the animal.

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teedoff

May-03-13 9:44 AM

It's sad thyey had to kill the bear because of the idiots with flashlights trying to get a glimpse of him. Had these people mlistened and stayed indoors, they could have given him a tranqualizer without having to worry about him going after someone while the drug took affect. This is just one more instance where peopele were the problem, not the animal.

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nj1234

May-03-13 10:06 AM

The failure of the police to do their job of crowd control led to the death of this beautiful animal. I find it interesting that the person who did nothing to save the animal, which was his job, is now in possession of the pelt! I hope the meat went to a food bank. Like I said before, if the P D can't control that crowd, God forbid we have a bomb or mass shooting, etc. If someone had been hurt or eaten by the bear, they were dumb enough to be out chasing it. Obviously, it didn't have cubs, it was a male. Duh. Do consider~ crowd control in that part of town can be dangerous to a law enforcement officer, and they know it. You figure it out.

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Educated

May-03-13 10:20 AM

how could ppd control a large crowd? They can only keep 5-6 on a shift because the city can't hire anyone.

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IFHPED

May-03-13 12:12 PM

@JoeBob...job loss is an economy issue that the government doesn't care about. As long as the employer wins in the end, they don't care about the people/person who has lost their job. They see it as 'saving the company money', thereby making themselves look good.

The bear was killed because the cops don't get to play with their guns very often, and the bear presented a good opportunity for the testosterone laden men to show their stuff.

The reason for no crowd control is obvious~~the cops were outnumbered and they didn't know what to do.

I used to think the show "Buckwild" was an embarrassment to West Virginians, but now, I see that some people in the state really are stupid, like the morons who took their flashlights and kids out in the middle of the night to look for a bear!!

God forbid a serious issue arises here where people will depend on crowd control. And, we have our own marathon coming up. Don't say, 'it won't happen here'. You never know who lives among us

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Guy007

May-03-13 2:57 PM

A bear is at the mercy of the elements. The job situation was created by the greed of the 2 legged animals misnomerly called 'humans'!!!There are jobs out there to be filled; however you drug addicted low lives with not even a high school degree will not find them,a fault entirely created by you.

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IMHO2u

May-03-13 3:54 PM

I have heard nothing but bad reports about the DNR. Seems they're more in the business of killing then protecting!

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Educated

May-03-13 7:02 PM

LightsOut

First of all you should make sure you can spell stupid if you are going to call someone stupid. Secondly, the cops are stupid because they don't have the man power to keep hundreds of people back while answering calls? People don't stop fighting and being drunk just because there is a bear in town. They did not have any resources available to deal with a bear, they did the best they could with what they had. Maybe they need to learn from this, but you can't fault the guys working for not having what they need.

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IFHPED

May-03-13 7:20 PM

@Educated: If the cops would have started issuing citations, chances are that most of the gawkers would have gone home to avoid a citation. The cops didn't even try to control the situation because they were too busy looking at the bear and hoping they would be the one to shoot it.

The city has lost some good cops because of mismanagement and ego trips. They make better money elsewhere. The police department management (including the mayor) doesn't think with their heads. They just like to make bad decisions, and if no one likes it, tough! I won't even go into what I think about Newell.

You're right about one thing: the guys needed common sense, but didn't have it.

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stinkbomb

May-03-13 11:03 PM

Obviously there ARE bears in the area. Why hasn't anyone a plan for this situation?

Did they discuss what they would do if it happened again? NO

So, next year when some poor bear smells a twinkie, they will do the same thing, and everyone will ask the same DUMB questions.

I hope the bear's mamma gets you.

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stinkbomb

May-03-13 11:19 PM

@JoeBob BECAUSE JoeBob, we're discussing "losing jobs" on the NEXT page.

We be talking bout bears here, and though I'm unemployed, I don't want to talk about the idiots who run this country. I wanna talk about bears here on the bear page.

Thank you, thank you very much.

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KOMBATBOOTS

May-04-13 5:46 AM

stinkbomb, The poor bear will have to smell something besides a twinkie. They don't make those anymore! ;)

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