The residents of Claysburg, PA got angry because police killed a bear in their neighborhood. Not angry because shots were fired in their vicinity. Angry because a BEAR DIED, YOU GUYS!
The bear ended up climbing a tree. The crowd started forming and didn’t heed a neighbor’s request to leave, Ms. Weyandt said.
Authorities used a tranquilizer dart and the bear came down, but the animal then started running. Greenfield Township police officers fired, killing the animal.
One witness videotaped the encounter and distributed the footage to local television stations. It shows the bear running away as police open fire and people in the crowd scream; several people then try to confront the officers.
Dear Doofi of Claysburg, PA:
So a bear died. Boo-frickin’-hoo. If this bear had been behind the gates at the Zoo, minding its own business, playing with its beach ball, frolicking in the pond and someone shot it, fine raise your fists and your voices in anger.
If this bear had been in the woods, catching some fish and hoping it doesn’t get hell from the wife bear when it comes home late, and BLAM! he’s shot in the head, fine, raise your animal-rights fists and your shrill voices in anger.
This bear here, though? Running through your neighborhood all amok and shit and you are angry about it getting killed? A bear that not only ran amok but continued to run amok AFTER being shot with a tranquilizer? A bear you decided to sit around and watch run amok, not even a little bit fearing for your lives?
You are aware, please tell me, doofi, that bears are dangerous, known to rip a man limb from limb? They’re big, they’re not domesticated, they have teeth like blades and jaws stronger than Steely McBeam’s. They are not the kind lovely cuddly bears you’ve become associated with in the Jungle Book (which, Jason Scott Lee … HOT!). This was not Winnie the Pooh prancing away looking for his lost friend Eeyore because he hasn’t yet shown up for Tigger’s “Happy Summer and Silly Hats” party.
This was a bear bear. And you are aware, are you not, that bears are especially dangerous when scared and that 150-200 people milling around because they refused to obey an order to leave probably scared the bear enough to make his adrenaline overpower the tranq and make him take off running again, which resulted in his death?
It’s the bear’s fault for running through a neighborhood full of people that it could kill at anytime if it so desired and it’s your fault for refusing to leave when you were asked. The police did their job, which is to protect you and your children from harm. This harm didn’t come in the form of a rapist or a murderer, but rather in the form of a dangerous and very scared animal, and getting all bent out of shape because of the manner they chose to protect you in the heat of the moment makes the term doofi so very very appropriate.
A bear can run 40 miles per hour. The average human sprints at 11 miles per hour. It’s survival of the fittest, dudes, and the bear is way more fit than you. What if the bear left and then came back? And what if it saw a child riding a bike and decided that the child was a threat?
Well … lucky for us. We have guns.