Friday, May 20, 2011
In what is not, actually, a great development in ursine-human relations, there is a bear on the loose in Princeton Township. There has been much talk of bears returning to parts of New Jersey whence they had long departed, and bears have been systematically migrating out of the rural and forested northwestern corner of the state for twenty years. Here is an interesting map from the state (how much did it cost to compile and produce?) that depicts that migration.
I had not heard that bears had slipped in to Princeton Township, which is quite built up, but Mr. Google turned up one bear siting in June 2009. If they become more frequent than biannual we can expect a hilarious local argument between the bourgeoisie, who will want something done about this new phantom "danger" to their children, and the sizeable animal rights constituency in town, who will want us to accommodate the bears among us because they are people too.
We've had problems too over the years with bears, and we're not in the country. The last one was all over town causing havoc. It knocked down my bird feeder several times and left its mark in another way twice! It got to the point where I had to take the feeder down every night and put in on my enclosed porch. I heard that a hunter got it last year. It must be true because I haven't had any problems this year. It was a little scary to think it was actually in my yard.
Oh, there have been bear sightings in the Township since at least 5-6 years ago, when my son was attending summer day camp at PDS and all the kids were brought indoors after a bear showed up.
I wonder if it's the same bear?
Yes, and that entirely sensible policy has been suspended in favor of putting our deer on birth control. Not only did the local liberals lose their minds, but the animals rights people vandalized the mayor's car, as I recall. Then there was the time that a deer got hit by a car and was twitching in pain on the side of the road. The first cop to arrive at the scene dispatched said deer with his weapon, and the liberals went nuts about *that.* Real stupidity.