Sunday, March 23, 2014

Bear With Me

The wrong end of a bear (not that there's a right end)

In the past week a 300 pound black bear has made stealth appearances in three separate neighborhoods in our little college town.  Last night it was Fearing Street, immediately adjacent to UMass.

Starting next weekend, Fearing Street becomes a superhighway of students on foot looking for late night entertainment.  Although a hungry black bear probably does not qualify.  


Photos by Al Wilbur, used with permission



The other wrong end of a bear

On Friday the big black bear shown in these pictures paid a visit to a bird feeder at a Bed & Breakfast on Northampton Road (Rt 9) one street over from Amity Street, where a bear fitting the same description ambled around the Amity Place Condos complex last week. 


14 comments:

AlexKG said...

My neighbor on Eames Ave by the Middle School also reported bear scat this morning.

Anonymous said...

Did you take those pics of the bear Larry?

Larry Kelley said...

No, Al Wilbur owner of the B&B took them with a camera set up overnight.

But it's high on my short list of things to do in the very near future (from a safe distance of course).

Anonymous said...

He was over on Snell St a few days ago. Guess he doesn't mind crossing Rt 9

Anonymous said...

Can a black bear be racist or is that only white people. What if he is on the grounds of Amherst High? If a white person shoots it, is that racist?

Anonymous said...

A hungry bear looking for food.
Students looking to party.
Whatever can happen, will happen.

Anonymous said...

No, but it is illegal.

Anonymous said...

A hungry bear looking for food.
Students looking to party.
Cops in riot gear with pepperspray.

Now what do we think is going to happen next?

Anonymous said...

I'm allergic to bears can I give them my peanuts?

Anonymous said...

A bear on Fearing St.! Based on your previous assessment of Paige Wilder getting your vote for ARA based on her residency on that street, she should run for Animal Control Office based on your assessment. No more bears on my street, g-d it!

Larry Kelley said...

Hell hath no fury like that of a woman protecting her home. (Or a bear protecting her cubs.)

Anonymous said...

I'm told that Bears LOVE Beer -- it isn't difficult to puncture an aluminum can with a tooth or claw, and after the first one, they'll usually drink the rest. And yes, they get drunk too...

Larry Kelley said...

The start of a new series: "Party Animal of the Weekend."

Anonymous said...

"Boys vs. Bear -- the Battle for the Beer..."