The Bears in my neighborhood, a very sad story

@ramapo17 (25925)
Melbourne, Florida
May 7, 2017 10:58pm CST
When we lived in the mountains of Pennsylvania we had all kinds of wild life, including bears and mountain lions. I never saw the mountain lions but my friends and neighbors did. The bears would appear every so often. When we first moved there from the city I was afraid knowing the bears were around. The longer I lived there the more I loved seeing them. One day at the post office one big bear was walking across the street and everyone in cars stopped and took pictures, including myself. There was an older man that lived on the mountain and was friends with a bear that always went back to his house. He fed it since it was a cub. He had it for over 10 years and during hunting season a hunter from out of state went onto the mans property and killed the bear. I am not sure if the man got a fine or ticket as he was on private property and did not have any right to be there. The owner of the property was devasted as the bear was his friend and never hurt anyone. In the area I lived there was only a few weeks of hunting for bears every year. The same goes for the deer and any other wild animals. The only reason they had hunting season was to keep the wild animals limited. After catching any wild animal, the hunters had to have the dead animals weighed and if they were not in compliance with the law they were fined.
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
8 May 17
That is sad! Poor bear and the old man. So not cool
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@ramapo17 (25925)
• Melbourne, Florida
8 May 17
The man didn't have any family and had the bear with him since it was a cub. I felt so sorry for him even though I know it is dangerous to keep a wild animal near you but that is all the two of them knew.
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@Courtlynn (55383)
• United States
8 May 17
@ramapo17 right so sad
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@JudyEv (137661)
• Bunbury, Australia
8 May 17
That is so sad that the bear was killed. There is a book 'Ring of Bright Water' about a tame otter that met a somewhat similar very sad end.
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@ramapo17 (25925)
• Melbourne, Florida
8 May 17
Some people will do anything to get some money and I know that bear was huge and the guy probably got a big deal of money for it.
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@JudyEv (137661)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 May 17
@ramapo17 That is really sad. I hope karma gets him.
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@ramapo17 (25925)
• Melbourne, Florida
13 May 17
@JudyEv I agree with you.
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@louievill (20023)
• Philippines
8 May 17
Poor man and poor bear. I already stopped hunting a long time ago and swore never to hunt again.
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@ramapo17 (25925)
• Melbourne, Florida
8 May 17
You are a good person.
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@louievill (20023)
• Philippines
9 May 17
@ramapo17 thank you, we have to be, we only have one life and one planet we are responsble for
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@ramapo17 (25925)
• Melbourne, Florida
9 May 17
@louievill You are exactly right. I wish everyone would see the mess they leave when they do not pick up after themselves.
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@Freelanzer (9497)
• Canada
8 May 17
I just can't relate to the hunting of animals for pleasure, I guess killing a living thing does give some people a thrill.
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@andriaperry (61585)
• Anniston, Alabama
8 May 17
I stopped all hunting on my property
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@ramapo17 (25925)
• Melbourne, Florida
8 May 17
Good for you. Did you have many people hunting on the property?
@jstory07 (71424)
• Roseburg, Oregon
8 May 17
That was wrong that he shoot that bear. I hope he got a big fine.
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@ramapo17 (25925)
• Melbourne, Florida
8 May 17
It was a big loss for both the man that kept feeding the bear and befriending him and the bear. I never heard what happened to the man that shot the bear. It was so sad.
• Banks, Oregon
8 May 17
Oh that is so sad
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