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Old 06-16-2009, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Was in Western New York but now in Hilo Hawaii
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I want to hear from you out in Internet land on how the city of Rochester treated the black bear in a tree?
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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I heard about that, supposidly they shot it with a tranq and it fell into a net. The bear ended up dying, they are trying to figure out how. Its wierd that there would be a bear around here. I heard a story about another bear around the 190 in Buffalo.
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:48 PM
 
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They acted in the same confounded manner they always do. Here's how I'm guessing it went down:

1. That morning, someone saw the bear up in a tree.
2. That person then texts a friend to come see and confirm the existence of a bear.
3. Friend arrives and both exclaim how exciting it is to see a bear.
4. More neighbors gather, and eventually someone calls the police over.
5. Two hours later, One Police man arrives, he gets out of the car, sees the bear, and texts another officer to come over to confirm whether or not it is a bear.
6. One hour later, the second police man arrives, and confirms the existence of the bear.
7. Not too much longer after this a large crew of officers have surrounded the bear in the tree.
8. 3 hours of picture taking later, they finally decide to do something about the bear in the tree.
9. They hold a net over the ground, someone fires a tranquilizer dart, and the bear falls out tree.
10. Bear dies.

Moral of story, if you wait too long to get a bear out of a tree, the bear will die because it hasn't had access to food and water for quite some time. Also it was a pretty warm day and the bear probably got a heat stroke and died.

I think the bear is a metaphor for the city of Rochester.
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Old 06-16-2009, 08:02 PM
 
Location: between here and there
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They acted in the same confounded manner they always do. Here's how I'm guessing it went down:

1. That morning, someone saw the bear up in a tree.
2. That person then texts a friend to come see and confirm the existence of a bear.
3. Friend arrives and both exclaim how exciting it is to see a bear.
4. More neighbors gather, and eventually someone calls the police over.
5. Two hours later, One Police man arrives, he gets out of the car, sees the bear, and texts another officer to come over to confirm whether or not it is a bear.
6. One hour later, the second police man arrives, and confirms the existence of the bear.
7. Not too much longer after this a large crew of officers have surrounded the bear in the tree.
8. 3 hours of picture taking later, they finally decide to do something about the bear in the tree.
9. They hold a net over the ground, someone fires a tranquilizer dart, and the bear falls out tree.
10. Bear dies.

Moral of story, if you wait too long to get a bear out of a tree, the bear will die because it hasn't had access to food and water for quite some time. Also it was a pretty warm day and the bear probably got a heat stroke and died.

I think the bear is a metaphor for the city of Rochester.
I'm thinking the head first crash to the ground from 40 feet at 150 lbs had more to do with it dying than the heat, lack of food and water....the net was useless....

Poor thing....why didn't they lure it down with food and then dart it?
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:08 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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Was it in the middle of the city? Luring it down could have been the issue then.
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:16 PM
 
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If not lure it, how about an appropriate net or inflatable to catch it...the poor thing bounced off the ground like a rock with the inadequate thing t hey had..and it wasn't like they didn'thave plenty of time to prepare..he was lounging up there not bothering anyone and not looking like he was in a big hurry to come down...
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Old 06-22-2009, 10:04 AM
 
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I was very upset by the handling of that incident as were hundreds of other people. The DEC initially said they would wait until dark and let the bear come down itself. Unfortunately it didn't, so the next day, they decided to tranquilize the bear to get it down. They didn't disperse the crowd. If they were so concerned about safety, why wouldn't they do that? The net they used was useless. The bear hit it's head in the fall and get this, when they put it in the cage, they never took the net out. They then took it to a local cemetery where it was quiet to check on the bear when they found it dead. They said it could have been the tranq, the fall or the net might have entangled it and cut off it's breathing.

So many people were outraged that one of the local TV stations interviewed the DEC officer in charge that day, a Mr. Newell. Basically he said, they did everything they could, felt bad but 10% of animals die in similar situations... oh well.

I would have liked to hear that they were reviewing all actions to see if there was anything they could have done differently.

Interestingly, someone that posted to the comment section of a local TV station included a link to an almost identical incident in Rochester, New Hampshire (strange coincidence). In that incident, they did disperse the crowd and waited until dark to tranquilize the bear. They didn't use a gun, they used a syringe on a pole. They had a net strung up but the bear stayed in the tree. Then I see a man climb the tree and they let the bear down gently with a rope. Several men carried the bear to the cage and I was very impressed with the care and gentleness those men handled that animal. One held it's head the whole time, they made sure it was safe in the cage, removing the rope. I sent that link to the NYS DEC and suggested they look at it.

I told them if they think they did the best they could, then some serious changes need to be made in their department!
Elkay
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Old 06-22-2009, 02:40 PM
 
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Lot of bears wandering into the Buffalo area lately.

Third black bear struck, killed by car : Niagara County : The Buffalo News (http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/niagaracounty/story/702059.html - broken link)

The one that was hit on the 190 was in the city limits. Like the one in Rochester, not far from the river.
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