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Bear Wanders Into Hospital in Franklin VA
June 17, 2004 7:04 AM   Subscribe

A 350 pound black bear wandered through the automatic doors of Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital. After being trapped in a computer room, law enforcement officers killed the bear. Sadly, as suburbs and towns grow out into the country, more bears are getting the worse of their relationship to humans.
posted by borkus (18 comments total)

 
I thought hospitals were supposed to treat everyone. The bear probably wasn't feeling well and was seeking medical attention. Bastards shouldn't have shot him.
posted by Grod at 7:12 AM on June 17, 2004


This is what's wrong with HMOs.
posted by bondcliff at 7:25 AM on June 17, 2004


But just look at all the new and interesting things that we introducing the wildlife to...
posted by Wulfgar! at 7:45 AM on June 17, 2004


Officers planned to sedate the bear, but they were worried what might happen if the bear got loose in the hospital, so as the officer's dick got hard he pulled his revolver and shot it.
posted by the fire you left me at 7:51 AM on June 17, 2004


It isn't just bears. Here in California, mountain lions are under the gun too.
posted by emptyage at 8:12 AM on June 17, 2004


In the East, it's mostly deer. They're everywhere and getting worse.
posted by tommasz at 8:26 AM on June 17, 2004


In the East, it's mostly deer humans. They're everywhere and getting worse.
posted by xmutex at 8:27 AM on June 17, 2004


Death of a black bear is about as tragic as the death of an alley-cat. There is no shortage of 'em. And a bear that's so familiar with people that it's willing to walk into a building full of 'em is not a bear that need live.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:52 AM on June 17, 2004


Shoulda used a six or eight inch knife.
posted by ColdChef at 9:05 AM on June 17, 2004


This calls for Bear Patrol.
posted by Hackworth at 9:36 AM on June 17, 2004


Discovering hospitals isn't so bad. Just wait until they discover fire.
posted by ewagoner at 9:54 AM on June 17, 2004


Obviously the bear went into the computer room to get online to check his email.
posted by birdherder at 10:29 AM on June 17, 2004


Well, I can imagine how the law enforcement officers' judgment might have been impaired by their imprisonment in the computer room.
posted by Sidhedevil at 10:36 AM on June 17, 2004


"Oh honey, let's move out to the country, so we can be closer to nature.."

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"OH MY GOD, THERE ARE BEARS AND ANIMALS HERE!! KILL THEM SO WE CAN BE SAFE!!11"
posted by eas98 at 11:26 AM on June 17, 2004


Big ups to Sidhedevil.
posted by ColdChef at 11:44 AM on June 17, 2004


Death of a black bear is about as tragic as the death of an alley-cat. There is no shortage of 'em. And a bear that's so familiar with people that it's willing to walk into a building full of 'em is not a bear that need live.

not exactly and exactly. a fed bear is a dead bear. bears will sometimes need to be killed, but it will be a lot less if people didn't feed them or leave food available for them.
posted by mrgrimm at 1:26 PM on June 17, 2004


Food, pot, candy, whatever ...

Where I live, one is forced to be intimately aware of the hazards surrounding interaction with wildlife. The longer we maintain the assumption that we are humans, and hence seperate from the environment, the more sensational and tragic stories like this will become.

In Missoula, Montana, among the higher priced property districts are Grant Creek and the Rattlesnake. In both places, people have moved in and mandated that there will be no hunting of deer (or any other animal). Please imagine their surprise when the deer began decimating their oh so pretty gardens, and the bears came down to snack in their kitchens. The moral is pretty simple ... if you choose to accept interaction with the animals around you, you'd better be willing to accept that they don't know your rules, and will act like animals will.
posted by Wulfgar! at 2:43 PM on June 17, 2004


mrgrimm: I assume you take exception to my statement "there is no shortage of 'em."

Please explain. AFAIK, there are piles of black bears in NA. Grizzlies, no; black bears, yes.
posted by five fresh fish at 5:27 PM on June 17, 2004


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