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Police say bear had to be killed

May 2, 2013

PARKERSBURG —Parkersburg police Chief Joe Martin said law enforcement officials had limited options when a black bear was discovered roaming inside the city limits late Tuesday night....

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neocurmudgeon74

May-06-13 1:31 PM

Yes, Boston did a great job of crowd control.

I'm sure that in a locked-down area w/ so many people, there was some 70-year-old lady who usually checks on her 96-year-old mother more than once a day. But the Governor of Massachusetts in effect told the 96-year-old lady to lock her door & not let her daughter in. (Not that everyone does exactly what the Governor tells them to do.)

The police searched for hours & didn't find Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. As soon as they let the public out of their houses, the public quickly found Dzhokhar, told the police where he was, & he was captured.

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IMHO2u

May-03-13 5:39 PM

McCrady needs to be fired!!!!

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catlady26101

May-02-13 9:20 PM

instead of you people blaming the law enforcement how bout putting the blame on who is really to blame, the people who live here and went outside and the ones who let their kids outside. why wasn't the kids in bed at this time anyways. if you was told to stay indoors why did you go out. I know first hand they told everybody to stay inside including me. would you have let your kids outside knowing a murderer was out there on the loose. let the law do their job and stay out of it. if you could have handled the situation better then by all means become an officer.

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BfromWV

May-02-13 8:38 PM

So how many of the parents who allowed their children out at that time if night were turned into to CPS?

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circusqueen

May-02-13 7:57 PM

After thinking about this further, why was shooting it with BULLETS safer for the bystanders than shooting it with a TRANQUILIZER??

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circusqueen

May-02-13 7:35 PM

Who are these people with no common sense out and about and letting their children look for the bear w/ flashlights? I think if they had reported THIS to begin with, there wouldn't have been AS much outrage. However, the police should have rounded those people up and questioned them. I guarantee if they're letting their kids run the streets at MIDNIGHT on a SCHOOL night, they're up to NO good.

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BakerKat

May-02-13 7:17 PM

Anybody stupid enough to follow a bear in the dark when told to go inside, deserves to be eaten. But the bear has better things to eat than street scum.

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Privatized

May-02-13 2:05 PM

I know where there's a skunk living on city property. Maybe someone would like to make a hat out of it before it contracts rabies and squirts a crowd of people.

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Remington

May-02-13 2:04 PM

We have mountain lions and bears come down from the mountains to sometimes swim in people's pools. Not once did the Game Wardens or Sheriff killed the animal. Parkersburg people are in need of some serious training on how to handle wild animals. Wild and Wonderful are you WV? Idiots that were on the street should have known better!

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Privatized

May-02-13 2:02 PM

Belmont, COPS is filmed before a live audience. Or maybe you thought those were all Chris Angel in police uniforms?

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Belmont

May-02-13 1:51 PM

Privatized, If you saw it on TV that has to be real! Hehe

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IFHPED

May-02-13 1:19 PM

Hey, my baby possum was back last night foraging in my flower beds!! Should I call DNR or PPD??

Here's my idea, and this is what I do every time I see him and his mama: I IGNORE THEM!! AFTER THEY HUNT FOR AWHILE, THEY WANDER OFF.

I hope they come back tonight.

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nj1234

May-02-13 1:13 PM

Anyway you look at it, law enforcement had NO control of the situation. God forbid we have an incident like Boston! Perhaps more training or even intelligence testing is needed. One or two arrests for interfering with an officer should have stopped that crowd nonsense. As for DNR~ McCrady is ignorant! Maybe they could send him to Montana or Idaho for some actual encounters and how they are handled by men who are not scared to death of wild life. And BTW "beep beep" it is done for real (not on TV) on a regular basis in places like Missoula, Ronan, Frenchtown, St Ignatius, Pablo, etc. They also deal with moose, elk, cougar, buffalo and all kinds of wildlife. Perhaps you need educated also.

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IFHPED

May-02-13 12:56 PM

This story has more BS on it than a stockyard.

With all those cops, they couldn't make these idiot citizens go home? Who is the law enforcement, the cops, or the people?

If people are stupid enough to go looking for a bear with a flashlight, and with their kids in tow, then let them suffer any of the consequences.

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Guy007

May-02-13 12:21 PM

The low life humans on the street were indeed more dangerous!! That is a fact that cannot be disputed. Protectors of the threatening and rabid crowd will try but fail to offer any facts that the bear was a danger to the maddening crowd.

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manydemocrats

May-02-13 12:11 PM

You just made my point: ""THE PEOPLE on the street"" The police have a DUTY to protect even these morons. I listened to the events as they unfolded on my scanner. The police DID wait until the bear had entered a less populated area {like Jackson park}, before shooting. ALL OF YOU, are ignoring the fact that this was a potentially DANGEROUS ANIMAL.....

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Guy007

May-02-13 12:00 PM

The police(these were nervous nellies) are not qualified by lack of knowledge of wildlife behavior(unless it is two legged drug addicted or street urchin activity) to say a bear had to be killed. I would rather have seen the idiots and picture taking pieces of*****harmed.( and from the slew of comments made over this grossly negligent happening, most would agree with me). I know there would not have been such a public outcry had these 2 legged aggressive street people and other urchins been harmed in any way as has evoked this outrage over the killing of an innocent bear by gung ho, but nervous nellie enforcement officers.

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opinionsarelike

May-02-13 10:55 AM

Should the people have been out there? No. Did it make it harder for law enforcement? Yes. Should the police have done their job by ordering people away so they could avoid killing the bear? Absolutely. This bear was not charging at innocent bystanders. There was time to get control of the situation. There should have been officers making a perimeter so people could not get in the way. Period.

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Privatized

May-02-13 10:34 AM

You don't have to go far to see bear, they're all over Wirt and Calhoun counties.

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manydemocrats

May-02-13 10:20 AM

The P-Burg police used extraordinary restraint by NOT shooting this Bear at an EARLIER time than they did. This wild DANGEROUS animal roamed the streets in HIGHLY POPULATED NEIGHBORHOODS of this city for 45 minutes. This was not a deer, dog, cat, etc. These type of WILD ANIMALS are extremely unpredictable. There was hundreds of {MORONS} people on the streets, following this BEAR thru the neighborhoods. You can be critical of the police and DNR, but I would challenge YOU, to shoot this BEAR in the ASS with a dart that will take up to 10 minutes to take it's effect....

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manydemocrats

May-02-13 10:20 AM

The P-Burg police used extraordinary restraint by NOT shooting this Bear at an EARLIER time than they did. This wild DANGEROUS animal roamed the streets in HIGHLY POPULATED NEIGHBORHOODS of this city for 45 minutes. This was not a deer, dog, cat, etc. These type of WILD ANIMALS are extremely unpredictable. There was hundreds of {MORONS} people on the streets, following this BEAR thru the neighborhoods. You can be critical of the police and DNR, but I would challenge YOU, to shoot this BEAR in the ASS with a dart that will take up to 10 minutes to take it's effect....

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IMHO2u

May-02-13 9:59 AM

If PPD can't handle crowd control then they need to be re-trained or replaced!!

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teedoff

May-02-13 9:25 AM

Sad to have to kill the bear because of idiots with flashlights trying to see it. We call ourselves the smartest species on the planet, but this proves that a lot of us are stupid and can't follow directions.

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resolution

May-02-13 9:16 AM

Death by rubbernecking.

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BakerKat

May-02-13 9:09 AM

I still think this could have ended better - for the bear. Why did the police at least threaten to arrest those disobeying orders to go inside. Lets see bear running loose, if I were to watch, it would be from a window INSIDE. Its a bear, leave it alone.

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