I am thankful that I live in the community I do. It’s not everyday or everywhere you see messages like this sent from the local middle school:
CC: PFMS- Please be Advised Dear Parents and Guardians, This afternoon we were informed that a bear and her three cubs were spotted in the Park Forest area. We have spoken to the Patton Township police and also to the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Both authorities are fully aware of the situation and tracking the animals. They feel our students walking home will not be in harm ways and have reassured us to continue with the instructional day and dismissal as we typically would. PFMS Administration
Actually, we’ve seen this sow and different sets of cubs for nearly a decade now. The only time we got at all worried was one year that was particularly dry, so they came wandering in looking for food and water. We were concerned that the dogs would be in danger, trying to chase them out of their territory and the sow getting riled up protecting her cubs. Fortunately, they managed to wander back into the nearby game lands. And more fortunately, the dry spell ended so they weren’t tempted to come into town. That year anyway.
(not a picture of “our” bears…public domain shot from http://www.ncrs.fs.fed.us/epubs/ht66.html).