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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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May-01-13 12:31 AM

12:31 AM; bear dead.

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May-01-13 1:41 AM

Sad, so sad. Humans are the danger, not the bear. Give me a break. PATHETIC! I live in an area where bears constantly have interaction with humans and aren't killed for walking through a neighborhood! Why not tranquilize?

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May-01-13 1:58 AM

Pretty sad state of affairs. Of course it's the Barney Fife syndrome at play. The last thing that bear wanted was human interaction. Probably just searching for food. Cowardly and lazy move by the WVDNR!

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May-01-13 4:58 AM

I was under the impression that the DNR has an interest in SAVING the lives of animals with an emphasis on returning them to their natural habitat. Why call in the DNR when he just did what any guy with a gun can do?

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May-01-13 5:50 AM

DNR should be ashamed of themselves!!! In any other part of the country the bear would have been tranquilized and taken to another part of the state and release. Not around here.."Shoot it boys!!!" Pathetic!!!!!

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May-01-13 6:12 AM

There was absolutely No reason to exterminate the bear other than the Division of Natural Resources fear of handling the animal. DNR's primary responsibility is to protect and preserve our wildlife... There only concern now is to harass 4 wheeler operators. I say scrap DNR, they are completely useless! Poor bear...

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May-01-13 6:39 AM

Absolutely not necessary! Really disappointed in that lazy decision to just shoot the bear.

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May-01-13 6:54 AM

Should never have been killed,never would have hurt anyone,very poor work by our law enforcement.Good example of lazy cowboy mentality.order everyone to stay in their homes while they execute the bear.

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May-01-13 6:56 AM

Get real, if the bear was not shot.and had killed some one, you would have wanted to fire the game warden.Good job by DNR

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May-01-13 9:02 AM

Poor bear. I think it's a wee bit harsh to have a zero tolerance policy on picnic basket theft.

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May-01-13 9:12 AM

I thought it was illegal to shoot a Black Bear, being that it's the state animal. Should've called Urban Tarzan.

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May-01-13 9:13 AM

With a trail of bath salt packets leading to the location of the bear and an empty pressure cooker box in the alley, no recourse than to bring it down. Reports of the bear trying to use a cell phone at the time are not collaborated.

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May-01-13 9:14 AM

Does anyone know for a fact they have trancquilizers?

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May-01-13 9:18 AM

Once a bear gets used to people, they will no longer fear poeple. I hate that a bear was killed, but I don't fault the police for doing what they had to do in order to protect the citizen's of Parkersburg.

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May-01-13 9:20 AM

Bad move, Jeff!!

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May-01-13 9:20 AM

Obviously not, jarhead. I guess if a Cardinal flies in the DNR office window, it can expect to be squashed with a phone book. Darn State animals are getting too brazen, bothering people for no reason.

Did they at least sprinkle some crack on him?

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May-01-13 9:25 AM

YES the DNR has tranquilizers. SHAME ON THEM. Poor thing. Cops killed it because they just wanted something to talk about. If anyone else would've killed it, they would've been arrested on the spot. Bunch of maggots.

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May-01-13 9:28 AM

The bear could have been tranquilized and move to a rural area, instead of killed... There was a better way to handle this...

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May-01-13 9:30 AM

Does anyone know if the bear resisted arrest?

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May-01-13 9:49 AM

From what I have been told, and even WTAP reported, DNR did not kill the bear. Chief Martin did. Not that DNR tried to stop him but the Chief and the DNR officer should be ashamed, if that is what happened.

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May-01-13 9:54 AM

You girls sure are quick to place blame. The bear was in a heavily populated area. Bears don't normally do that, but I guess you bleeding hearts would have rather the bear hurt people so you could complain that the police acted too slowly.

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May-01-13 10:02 AM

Shame on you Chicken Cops. To think you could have not have tranquilized this animal and took it back into the wild. It probably had only left its den and this time of year they are on hunt of food. I am sure it did not come at you unless you tried to corner it. It was just as scared of you as you were of him. To think you are so ignorant, and you think the only thing was to think you were a big hero and kill a bear. Stupid. Give him 3 months off and send him to a bear reabilitation center to learn about bears.

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May-01-13 10:20 AM

The cops and DNR don't get to play with their guns very often, so when an opportunity presents itself, they all turn into Marshall Dillon and start shooting.

It could have been tranquilized, but then, someone would have had to help lift the bear into a truck in order to drive it to the country. Do you have any idea how hard it would be for the DNR to lift a heavy object like a bear?? They might hurt themselves. DNR, and I hate to say, Law Enforcement mentality, is to just shoot.

I have a mom and baby possum that live in my yard somewhere and I see them every now and then roaming around at night. Maybe I should call the SWAT team to come and fire a thousand rounds into the yard just in case of a possum attack.

If someone had been injured, more than likely, it would have been their own fault. You can't fix stupid.

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May-01-13 10:23 AM

I'm sorry the bear was killed. I wasn't there, but I'd like to think other options were considered. In memory of the bear Jackson Ave. should be renamed Bear Street, and a full mount of the bear should be put on display in the Mall.

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May-01-13 10:25 AM

This just in...a 6 pound cat just walked down my driveway! Hurry, call out Quick Draw McGraw!!!

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