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Don't Pet The Bears

Apparently the word has not gotten out to folks that petting bears is not a good idea.

Item 1:

A Le Moyne College student lost part of her arm early Sunday when she attempted to pet a caged bear at a private zoo in Brutus, according to the Cayuga County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff Rob Outhouse said Brooke Bessette, 22, of Hermon, was trespassing on property owned by Glenn Donnelly on Clinton Road where Donnelly keeps a private menagerie of exotic, wild animals, including two Chinese Himalayan bears.

Bessette and college friend Margaret Craig, of Rochester, were brought to the property around 1 a.m. by Port Byron resident Dan Wilkinson, 36, who was familiar with the collection of animals, Outhouse said. The two had met Wilkinson earlier at a tavern in Weedsport and left to look at the animals.

"I'm suspecting that alcohol may have been involved," the sheriff said.

Item 2:
A bear kept at a Central Russian hunting lodge for training hunting dogs has attacked and killed the chairman of the Tambov Regional Hunting and Fishing Society, society representatives told Interfax.


Comments (7)

Wonder how long it will be ... (Below threshold)

Wonder how long it will be until the girl tries to file a lawsuit against the guy. You know it will happen, even if she was completely in the wrong. No one wants to take responsibility for their own actions.

Sheriff Outhouse? You've go... (Below threshold)
Boyd:

Sheriff Outhouse? You've got to be kidding me!

"But Ranger Smith! I though... (Below threshold)

"But Ranger Smith! I thought she was handing me a pic-a-nic basket!"

I had to cause a scene at t... (Below threshold)
Fritz:

I had to cause a scene at the wharf a few weekends ago to prevent a man from encouraging his small child to "pet" a young sea lion.

The guy was telling his little boy, "Go over and pet it on the head. Go on, go pet it." The kid was probably 5 or 6 and was smart enough to be afraid of the animal.

I started yelling, "NO! Stay away! Sea lions are DANGEROUS!" And then the man told me to mind my own business. At that point, five or six other adults joined in to assist me. One lady called the police on her cell. The man took his child away by the hand and the group of us stood there in disbelief as he gave us the finger.

They have signs up all over the area warning people to stay away from these animals. While it probably wouldn't have killed the child, it could have delivered a very nasty bite -- maybe taken a finger or two.

Obviously people do not wan... (Below threshold)
DIRT:

Obviously people do not want to take responsibility for their actions, I'm sorry but if you are 22 years old you should have sense enough not to try and pet a bear. No one twisted her arm to go up their nor did they twist her arm to go off with random guys she met that night and also take drugs.

Obviously people do not wan... (Below threshold)
DIRT:

Obviously people do not want to take responsibility for their actions, I'm sorry but if you are 22 years old you should have sense enough not to try and pet a bear. No one twisted her arm to go up their nor did they twist her arm to go off with random guys she met that night and also take drugs.

she used to blow my black c... (Below threshold)
elijah:

she used to blow my black cocko back in the day!!!




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