5 Comments From Concerned Citizens: Death of Bear in Amherst

2018/07/10 at 4:50 pm

The Amherst Times readers and commenters are spot on. This bear was doomed when first he set paw in Amherst where wildlife of any kind, anywhere are not respected or protected.

Joe D. apparently did hear the shot that killed the bear. Should have been a tranquilizer shot not a kill shot. The bear had been in neighborhoods for days, even after the injury.

Lois is right, the bear should have been tranquilized, soon after the injury. There were plenty of opportunities.
Bill

2018/07/10 at 4:10 pm

https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/bear-euthanized-by-amherst-police/1293592661
SOMEHOW…I JUST KNEW IT…THE GUNSHOT I HEARD LAST NIGHT WAS THE MURDERING OF THE BEAR…TOO LAZY TO TAKE THE TIME…OR NOT ENOUGH IN THE TOWN’S BUDGET TO PURCHASE A TRANQUILIZER GUN!!!!? WONDER JUST WHO MADE THE DECISION TO KILL INSTEAD OF TRANQUILIZING…WHERE WERE THE DEC PEOPLE.OUT CHASING PEOPLE FISHING WITHOUT A LICENSE??
VERY SAD COMMENTARY AND A ANOTHER BLACK EYE FOR AMHERST!
JOE D.

2018/07/09 at 9:30 pm

Bear was just seen on Renaissance Dr and Raphael ct. Police there now…was out side earlier and heard either a single gunshot or a firecracker go off down the road. If it was..I hope that it was from a tranquilizer gun!!
JOE D.

2018/07/09 at 3:36 pm If this bear is looking for a forested area with natural vegetation and food, he is plum out of luck in Amherst. Not much left after the plundering of land by wolfish developers and corrupt politicians.
Lydia

2018/07/08 at 7:00 pm Bear’s first mistake was crossing into Amherst territory where wildlife and their habitats are always up for grabs by the insatiable developers and their ever-obliging politicians. Untouched land, wetlands, wildlife, clean water, clean air are overrated anyway.

Instead of killing outright, just let it roam where it can be injured then, when weakened by injury, kill it. Should have intervened long before it reached this point. Now what geniuses?? In the end, wildlife and their habitats always lose in Amherst and eventually so do the people.
Lois

6 Responses to “5 Comments From Concerned Citizens: Death of Bear in Amherst”

  1. STEVE says:

    I FOR ONE AM DEEPLY OPPOSED TO THE SHOOTING OF THE BEAR. COPS SHOULD HAVE TASERED IT… CORRUPT POLITICIANS PROBABLY MADE A FUR COAT OUT OF THE POOR FELLA. THAT BEAR WAS JUST LOOKING FOR SOME GOOD TRASH TO EAT IM SURE HE FOUND PLENTY IN AMHERST

  2. Karen Houser says:

    Sickening-trigger happy bastards-I think something like this happened a couple of years ago-same deadly results-Lost all respect for Amherst Police-sleep well -you saved a neighborhood from a hungry and injured young bear!

  3. Cathy says:

    It made me sick to my stomach hearing how that poor bear was murdered by the Amherst police. How arrogant we are about the rights of the money hungry humans. Wildlife is just in the way I guess we can’t share the planet.

  4. Deborah Ortiz says:

    I was mortified and terribly upset to hear that the Amherst PD murdered another innocent bear. Who are we trying to kid, euthanize, really? How about relocation?!!!

  5. Chris says:

    If the APD was depending on the DEC to guide them in the proper procedure to handle the dilemma of protecting the population and the bear, they are the ones that need to be called out on their gross incompetence and wrongful agenda.

    So much for the Department of Environmental Conservation. Their contradictory statements were without even a shred of common sense. They had plenty of time to react to an injured bear that was hanging out in roughly the same neighborhood for days. At that time, it should have been put out of its misery or tranquilized and moved. Instead we were all treated to BS reasoning from the DEC for days and the police standing down, deferring to the so-called experts.

    The DEC is too busy covering for people like Ciminelli justifying building on wetlands and other areas that are out of sync with protecting the environment for people and wildlife.

    It is about time the DEC reallocate taxpayer money to protect the wildlife they have dislodged under the banner of
    “Environmental Conservation.”

    The so-called DEC experts are telling us bears will continue to populate our area. Do they have a plan or is it only kill them slowly or kill them at first sight, if one dares to set paw in Amherst? Then, let the APD do the dirty deed and take the blame? A plan? Really?

    Enough! Do what it takes (taxpayer money) to better train their own “experts” or work with the Amherst police to train them. Do it now, not when we are faced with another rogue bear not doing what the DEC says it should.

    The DEC has embarrassed itself again. Cuomo should be ashamed having an agency so incompetent under his direction.

  6. William says:

    It doesn’t matter who is at fault, the fact remains, the bear is dead and the people of Amherst knew its fate from the beginning. Another victim of Amherst’s kill zone. Made possible by allowing most green areas of Amherst to be clear-cut to make way for developers’ misguided ambitions to cover green, forested areas and supported by politicians who lust for “donations” from them in exchange.

    The bear crossed into Amherst into the chaos of overdevelopment and had to find trees, bushes, one patch at a time. How pathetic is that? The Amherst establishment has to know the environment they have have created. Now, they should have the decency to find a way to protect these great creatures when they do wander into no-go zones. There are better ways. It didn’t have to be a three-week-slow-motion kill.

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